I have my basement usually dry. However, in one wall there is about 1"
diameter hole from outside made just at the floor level. Then there is very
ugly and uneven groove made in concrete floor that goes from the hole along
the wall to the sump pump pit that is located near the same floor about 8'
away. I never saw water coming out from the hole. However, when we have
heavy rain water starts to sip from the groove itself (probably the groove
is not seal properly). I am currently finishing my basement and I really
don't know how to best address this problem. Although I never saw water
coming out of the hole I am afraid of patching and blocking it. If it was
maid there was probably a reason and the reason was probably to release
hydrostatic pressure from outside the house foundation. But I need to deal
somehow with the groove in the concrete floor. Again I don't want to level
it with cement as if water ever comes through the hole it will just stay in
basement as there will be no way to direct it to sump pump pit. I thought
about constructing somewhat like a French Drain just from the hole to the
sump pump. I will break a trench in concrete floor from the hole to the pit.
I then put probably perforated PVC pipe sloped from the hole to the pit and
then pour cement over it to level the floor. So if water comes through the
hole it will flow via the sloped pipe to the pit. Does this sound a right
In alt.home.repair on Fri, 1 Aug 2003 08:15:04 -0400 "Alexander
What's wrong with it?
Why is the pvc perforated, if it will be covered with cement? To
collect the seapage?
Regardless, this sounds like an awful lot of work, and I'm not sure
what the reason for it is. Because the groove is uneven?
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I am going to finish the basement, including the floor. Because the groove
is uneven I cannot put any floor on it. It also run very close to the wall
so I cannot put horizontal stud on the floor. I need to deal with the groove
(and the hole) this or that way. I also mentioned that water sips from the
groove which is unacceptable.
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