My neighbors cemented off an artisan well in their basement and now my sump pump
runs constantly. Never had this problem before. Could the artisan developed a
new vein to my house? If so, what is my recourse?
noun: artisan; plural noun: artisans
a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making
things by hand.
synonyms: craftsman, craftswoman, craftsperson; More
An _artesian_ well, otoh, hand is likely the problem here... :)
But, looks like at least at the present time the water level is above
your basement floor level and the increase in pressure from not having
the previous release has caused it to find a weak point in yours.
Not sure you have any recourse against them for doing something inside
their house despite its apparent effect; you can try finding where the
ingress point is and sealing it there but likely your only real recourse
would be to sink a relief into the source external that relieves
pressure and provides a surface flow path external.
Had a house in VA that in spring "monsoon" season and ground got
saturated would have similar issues. Tried to patch some of the cracks
and all that happened was the water pressure then cracked the floor slab
elsewhere when it had nowhere to go. I suspect you could create such an
issue there by simply trying to dam the flood...
Spellcheck can't fixup wrong but correctly spelled word; that's the
grammar engine, _maybe_...
But, that aside, not knowing anything about even the general part of the
country what more the actual locale, not much can say from here. I'd
think it more likely a general water level issue rather than a very
localized "vein" transmission source that's your problem.
Did the excavation get as low as the basement floor? As another said,
if it isn't easily obtainable to get to a location of the source
external you likely need a local hydrologist to provide some info on the
water sources/hydrology where you are...it's possible the pressure
source is from miles away up a hill/mountainside or it could simply be
local surface water collecting on a hardpan during wet spells...
You should contact a hydrologist to assess the situation and offer a
plan for mitigation.
Try finding a local thru the NGWA:
it could also be coincidental. it could also be
we've had a lot of rain here recently and the
sump pump has been running (it usually doesn't have
has your area had a lot of rain recently?
as for what the neighbors did that may or may not
affect your own situation, sure, it could be the
case, but i doubt there's much recourse. having
basements below grade is pretty much asking for
other things to consider are things like leaking
well pipes, leaking water pipes, etc.
if you normally have city water and they use
chemicals to treat the water you can sometimes
tell it's a leak by the smell.
There is a private well but city sewer. The neighbor on one side has a basement
on the other side has only a crawl space. The neighbor beyond the crawl space
is the one we question as they also have a basement. We have dug down and
checked to make sure the well pipe is not leaking into the ground. The sump
pump started running a lot last winter. Mind you this is Wisconsin and the
temps were cold and the ground was frozen. Where the sump pump drained, the
ground became saturated. We dug a trench/ditch 4' deep and about 50' long to
get the water away from the house. Even during the dry weather of summer the
pump continued to run although the ditch we had dug did dry out . Thanks for
ah, ok, hope the neighbors don't have a leak. if the winters
got that cold down deeply perhaps they've got a broken pipe?
you can ask them if their well pump is running a lot or if their
electricity bills have gotten worse since then.
the property which plugged their basement is two
your sump pump outlet is far enough away and downhill
so that the water is not coming back through the
ground? a trench will not keep some water from coming
back towards the house.
i'd give the people a call who fixed the neighbor's
basement and see what they'd charge to fix yours.
Yes we immediately checked with the neighbors and this well to make sure nothing
was broken underground. The well driller that "capped" the artesian also did
the digging and checked the well here. Yes the artesian well in question is 2
homes away with a small cottage with crawl space in between. The sump pump
outlet is on the backside of the house or we would have piped it to the river
although the road is higher than the lawn here so that would also be hard to do
without going under the blacktop which is NOT an option. The sump drain pipe is
approximately 10' from the house and that part of the ground is not soggy since
we dug the trench which is at a slope away from the house.
Buy the neighbors house. Demolish the house but save the basement.
Remove the cement over the well, and you'll have a swimming pool. Charge
a fee to use the pool, to pay off the mortgage on that property. Dont
forget you'll need a lifeguard on duty.....
There are many artesian wells in this area. I have lived in this area my
entire life (76 yrs). In that time this home has never had a problem with water
like this. The owner of this home has had it up for sale for about 5 years.
Having the back lawn dug up now is not helping find a buyer. Price of property
has been lowered. It is located next to a blacktop road with a river on the
other side of the road with a drop below the road of perhaps 50 to the river.
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