Now that we have some weather fit for humans to be outside , I've gotten
back to work on the cellar . Today I rolled a thick coat of asphalt emulsion
on the outside of the walls and covered it with 6 mil plastic sheet . I then
laid a bed of washed gravel about 3-4" deep , laid a 1 1/4" pipe with holes
every 6" (vertical , thru both sides) and covered it with more gravel . Did
about a third of it today with plans to finish tomorrow and start
backfilling . My question is what to put over the gravel drainage bed before
backfilling . I need to let water percolate down , but prevent silt and clay
from plugging the gravel .
I have tarpaper and plastic sheeting on hand , and can pick up stuff at
the hardware/lumber store tomorrow if needed .
On Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5:39:19 PM UTC-5, Terry Coombs wrote:
sure hope you put the exterior french drain below the level of the footer........... otherwise the water can come thru the basement floor:(
the 1 and a quarter inch pipe is way too small it should 4 inches and covered with a sock, to minimize clogging
theres a permable clothe sold in home centers, it should be put down before the gravel is placed, to minimize soil intrusion.
its best to run access lines upward so you can flush the lines from above
i am sorry you should of asked before starting construction
Well , ya see Bob , this cellar will be completely underneath the room -
that is , the room overhangs the cellar about 7 feet on two sides , the
living room is uphill from it , and the cellar end will be flush with the
downhill side . No surface water will get to the walls . I've been watching
the sidewalls of the pit closely , and noticed there was a couple of small
trickles coming from one area after several days of heavy rain (like 3" in 4
days) . Up til then I was just going to do the asphalt and plastic , decided
a drain might be in order . The capacity of a 1 1/4" PVC pipe is way
overkill for the amount of water observed . A couple of other bits , the
cellar is not completely underground , uphill end is about 4'6" in the
ground , downhill end less than 18" . Slab is pitched slightly towards the
downhill end , and there is a ground-level entrance with the ground sloped
away from the cellar . It's a pretty sure thing that the water I saw is
rainwater that fell up the hill and percolated
down - there are other tiny "springs" that only flow after several days of
heavy rain .
On Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:25:37 PM UTC-5, Terry Coombs wrote:
well i spent 8 grand trying to dry my moms basement, which included all new sidewalks new steps. resloped entire yard, and when i was completly done, the basement was still flooded. a couple inches..
so i then spent 3500 bucks, for a interior french drain which really worked
the op can always do the interior french drain..
oh and the cost difference between 1.5 pipe and 4 inches is really small...
On Friday, January 29, 2016 at 6:48:40 PM UTC-5, bob haller wrote:
Also didn't see any mention of the typical 4" perf pipe laying horizontally
around the perimeter and run to an exit point, typically a sump pump pit
or similar. Not too sure about using common plastic sheet for the barrier
either. There are products specifically designed for that, which is what
I would use. Not sure how thick they area, but they are probably an order
of magnitude thicker and tougher than 6 mil poly. What local codes apply?
There are no local codes ... and the 1 1/4" pipe is perforated . Both ends
of the "U" will come out at ground level on the downhill end , no need for a
sump or a pump . This whole thing is insurance , I really don't think I'll
see any output from the drains except after several days of heavy rain - and
probably not even then .
I asked for one recommendation , not a running critique of what I did and
how - not aimed specifically at you , trader4 , though you are guilty of
that too . The question was what to use to keep soil from filtering into the
gravel bed while allowing water to pass , which has been answered . I'll be
picking up a roll of landscape fabric today .
On Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8:39:22 AM UTC-5, Terry Coombs wrote:
Fine, from now on I'll just refrain from giving any pertinent advice.
If you ask how to hook a 22 gauge wire to a 20 amp receptacle, maybe
someone will tell you how to do it and confine their comments to just
Nah , I just have a problem with people that think they know better when
they have absolutely no idea of the actual conditions here . Chances were
slim that I'd ever have a problem if I'd done nothing at all to the block
walls . As far as water table I believe it's down there a ways since we're
on a slope -my well has water over 25 feet down , but I don't know if that's
On Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:41:09 PM UTC-5, Terry Coombs wrote:
well now Having wasted over 8 grand to install a exterior french drain. had
a excavating company dig all the way to the footer, cut down mature trees
to get the machine where it needs to be, reslope and landscape the entire
yard, i was the laborer on this big job, which took me much of the summer..
only to find i wasted my time and money.........
ended up with a interior french drain, no work at all, except signing the c
so i tried to pass along my experience, and find the person i was trying to
help, didnt want the info.....
Because the info did not apply to my situation . Do you really think I
went to all this work without doing research on local conditions ? I've got
3 guys that live down here in The Holler chuckling at me because in their
opinion it wasn't necessary . In my opinion it might be necessary someday
Chances are that your problem was caused by the water table being higher
than the bottom of your cellar floor . Not the case here , it rained before
I poured the slab and the water was gone the next day . I was going to stop
with just a coat of asphalt on the outside until I saw a couple of small
seeps coming out of the side of the hole . This occured after extremely
heavy rains over a period of 2-3 days - at this time the road on the other
side of the creek was under at least 2 feet of water . Nobody that lives
here has ever seen the creek that high ... something that might happen every
50 years or something . As I said upthread , the drainage capacity of what I
installed is many times the volume of the seepage I noted and there is no
possibility of surface water causing a problem .
You did right thing until next time maybe after 50 years. Due to global
warming violent weather will come more frequently. Now civil engineers
building dams, roads, bridges are in dilemma because they are beginning
to realize designs based on past 100 year weather stats.(snow, rain,
flood, etc) can't be applied. My son is in civil engineering. We had
unheard of flooding in 2013. His group is working on flood mitigation
to prevent future disaster but can't decide how to go about it knowing
past stat. based designs don't work now. They keep wondering how much
work is enough...
On Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:25:13 PM UTC-5, Terry Coombs wrote:
Regardless of local conditions, what Bob is saying, what I was saying,
likely still applies. From your description, you're using 1 1/4" pipe
and apparently you drilled your own holes in it? Who does that?
Everybody else uses 4" perf pipe. I've never heard of using 1 1/4"
pipe for a foundation drain. Bob and others said to use a sock too,
which I think is good, universal advice. You can get a sock for 4"
pipe, never seen one for 1 1/4". But go ahead, piss all over
it, complain about the advice given and do as you please, we should
have just said two words, answered the narrow question and ignored
everything else. Next time we see you here offering advice beyond
two words, Bob and I can complain about you too.
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