I have this 1940's era house. It has a cellar drain in the cement floor
that goes all around the basement and out to a banking across the
driveway. There is another pipe about a foot off the floor coming in the
north wall that is draining water into my cellar drain and it goes back
out the outside drain. The odd thing is that this drain pipe coming into
the north wall almost never stops running. I think it stopped for one
month late last summer. For 11 months it continuously runs. It runs
faster during spring thaws and after heave rains.
Well my 2 questions are, why didn't they route this drain around the
outside of the building when they put it in? And where the hell is all
the water coming from? It's annoying hearing it run all the time. This
can't be a common set up.
My guess is that the drain pipe is there to ease the backup of water
from the earth behind your basement wall, and it was probably
installed after the basement was constructed. If the incoming water is
taken out through the floor drains no problem. Noise! Have you
considered lining the walls and floor as ie. a DIY project using-
Platon Damp Damp-Proofing membrane, put in a search in Google for
Platon. Very easy to install and particularly as your basement
already has the necessary drainage. The cmpleated project will give
you a completely dry habitable basement for very little cost.
Joe. (inventor of the Platon Sealed System)
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