I have wall to wall carpeting in my basement on a concrete floor.
Water comes up through the concrete about once or twice a year when we have
Is there any solution for this problem,since i don't see any cracks in the
concrete, just the water seems to appear.
I would try to avoid carpet altogether. It sounds like you have a high
water table. If you put down linolueum or ceramic tile, at least you
know water would not affect it that much.
My laundry room disagrees with you. (just spent a lovely weekend
scraping up the old linoleum tiles, which were all lifting, curling,
had nasty dirt underneath them, etc.)
Fortunately in my case, all of the water in the basement came from
inside; I had a leaking water heater, furnace condensate drain, deep
sink faucet, etc. etc. etc... girlie says she's even caught the
washing machine leaking although I haven't seen that yet. I swear if
there's something down there that uses/produces water, some niggly
little bit of it is/was leaking. I don't know how the previous owners
put up with it.
My parents had a similar issue as the OP's at their house; we'd tiled
the basement (actually I did a lot of it myself, and I think I did a
pretty good job for an 8th grader who'd never done same before) which
was previously unfinished. The water did loosen the vinyl tiles and
generally made a mess. Investigation revealed that the house had been
built without any French drain whatsoever, installation of same has
resulted in a reassuringly dry basement ever since.
(dreaming of a dry basement)
On Thu, 14 Feb 2008 06:32:48 -0800 (PST), Mikepier
Water made some of my vinyl?/asphalt?/? tiles come loose. The ones
that were broken from dropping things on them, but I couldn't tell
they were broken, came loose in several pieces, making it more
difficult to stick them back.
Wouldn't the water get under the linoleum and never be able to dry
OP, just don't be like a neighbor of mine who put down natural fiber
carpet. In a basement! I presume you are using synthetic, and they
can dry pretty well as you probably know by now.
There are lots of threads about keeping basements dry. Try to find
some of them in groups.google, in addition to whatever is said in this
first make sure all downspouts and gutters are clear and send the
water from from the home, make sure ground slopes away from home.
then install interior french drain with a sump pump but preferably
drain to daylight away from home.
its impossible to seal water out of basement the most you can do is
redirect water away from basement
Remove the carpeting. Fix the water issue (proper drainage,
downspouts, grading, sealing concrete, French drain, etc). When you
notice you have a dry basement for 2-3 years, install the carpeting or
better yet vinyl flooring.
No one else is top posting.
Fixed that for you.
Water coming thru the middle of the floor isn't uncommon.
The french drain goes around the perimeter.
It relieves the water pressure under the entire slab.
They break up the concrete around the perimeter and put in drain pipes
to a sump pump. The sump pump sends the water where ever you want.
It should go somewhere outside where the ground slopes away from the house.
No, that's why I said it should drain somewhere that slopes away from
the house. Mine goes out to the street and runs down a hill from
The sump pump is set to start pumping when the water is about 1 foot
below the slab. Effectively, for the area around my house the
water table is lowered by that much.
Our clay soil is only semi-permeable. You can create a locally
lower water table without pumping day and night.
Across the street we have a spring that comes right to the
surface most of the year.
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