Due to recent thunderstorm in our city this week, rain water leaked in
the basement. I called in the builder to fix it but before they come to
our house I would like to know some pointers on how is the best approach
to fix it.
Before our closing date, there was a huge hole on the basement wall. It
was like 3-4 inches deep by 1 foot wide. They patched it up but the
patch was very obvious and rough (with small holes). These holes caused
I would appreciate it if someone can give me some ideas on how is the
right way to fix this because I know the builder's contractor will do
another lousy job.
Thanks in advance,
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The only right way is an outside perimeter drainage system which requires
excavation, drainage pipe, gravel, special fabric to separate all of that
from the dirt, and hydraulic cement for the patch itself. But water must be
I live in a low-lying area and my yard is quite wet. Thankfully, the
previous owners installed a B-Dry system, and we've never had a
problem. My basement was sealed and I have a perimeter drain/sump
pump combo with a battery back-up. If I didn't have this system, I
would have to move.
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97.4% of the time basement leaks are due to poor grading or some other
problem causing ground water to get to the foundation.
About this hole. Did it go all the way through the wall? Do you have a
block or poured foundation wall? Did they say what caused the hole in the
The answer to question of how to fix it, depends on what the problem
really is. While it would be wise to investigate problems caused by the
hole, I would not rule out the most common problems and the hole only showed
up because it was the weak point and if the grading and other work outside
the wall was done right to start with, the hole would not have been a
problem, it might not have even happened.
Additional question: How old is this home? Have you moved in? Is
there still some warrantee on the home? How good has your relationship been
with the builder (is this the same builder who built the home?)
This is a brand new house and still under warranty. The ground
outside(grading?) is not finished yet and it might have contributed to
the problem. I will talk to our builder this week about the story of
previous hole. Your inputs are much appreciated. Thanks also to all
who replied. Pardon my terminologies because I am new to this home
In many areas you can pay to have city inspectors check fixes even after
constuction is finished. You might consider doing so. Inspectors if they
are honest and competent may pick up on a code violation they missed that
they will make the builder fix.
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