I own a home somewhere between 70-100 years old. In the cellar is a pit,
about 3 feet deep, which contains a floor drain and the sewer drain caps for
access to the traps.
After heavy rains and flooding, for the first time in 6 months of owning the
house, I passed through the basement and heard running water. Coming from
the side of the pit, right by the floor drain, was a steady and strong flow
of water into the floor drain. It doesn't seem to be coming from a pipe, but
from the concrete of the pit (actually, a hole in the concrete).
I'm glad it's going into the pit and down the drain, and I have one of the
driest cellars in town. But after heavy rains I never saw this happen
before. It seems a drainage system would have connected tot he pipes rather
than spilling through a hole into the pit.
Does anyone know if this is by design in old homes, or is this some kind of
freakish drainage and possibly erosion?
from what I can understand from the post,its most likely the reason you have
a dry cellar you are giving the water a path of less resistance to travel
then up through the floor. the pit is working like a subpump pit to releave
the water pressure on the floor. dont know what the drain its running in to
is tied in to. if you have a septic system its going there,you may want to
pump it out the window. if its going into city sewage system. you maynot
want to tell everyone about it ,towns dont want run off water in there
On Thu, 30 Oct 2003 04:44:38 +0000, Chia Pet wrote:
Sounds to me like you have a sump. That's a hole below the floor level
that any water int he ground under the house should flow to, as your's
seems to be doing. With the addition of a sump pump and flexible piping,
you can then pump all that ground water out of the house, ideally to
another sump outside, (lower than the one inside). The water then flows
from the outside sump back into the ground and downhill away from the
Wouldn't hurt to check for water leaks and erosion damage, but I suspect
you just need a sump pump. This fall, lots of North America, paritcularly
North East is seeing lots of rain. The ground is a lot wetter than it
We just inherited the house we are in, and with all this fall rain we are
seeinging similar "never before" conditions. We have more water in and on
the gound this fall than we have in all but the heaviest of spring thaws.
The basement here never had any drainage, and the original sump was a hole
about 8" deep. I have since put in drainage, dug the sump to a more
proper 3' deep, added a sump liner, and just in case, I dug a second sump
in the other end of our basement (the crawlspace) and placed a sump pump
there as well. In case one burns out, the other should still stop a
Next spring, I am replacing the french drains around the house, and
putting in proper underground pipes for the sump and general drainage.
That should help here.
I've got one two. Actually two now,
as the heavy rains this fall have put more water in our basement than it
has ever had - including spring thaw & spring rain. Places outside that
are normally puddles after a heavy rain have compined
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