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Keeping a basement dry:

Simple, routine maintenance can keep your basement dry and prevent damage that requires costly repairs. Since most basement damage occurs slowly, over many years, you may not notice a problem until there is a water leak or a major crack.

Homes with drain tile systems share common components that collect and remove water. Exterior drain tiles are placed near or above the footings. These exterior tiles should be covered with at least 2 feet of gravel, allowing water to flow to the tiles.

Older homes have concrete tiles; newer homes use perforated plastic pipe. Interior tiles receive water from exterior drain tiles via bleeders through the footings. Interior tiles route the water to a sump pump. To keep water out of the rest of the basement, a thin coating of tar or damp proofing is applied to the outside of the foundation when the house is built. Block basement walls are “backplastered“ with a thin concrete coating on the outside, under the damp proofing.

If you have poor surface drainage or problems with gutters and downspouts, you are inviting rainwater into your basement. Drainage systems are not designed to handle excessive surface water. If water floods around your basement, water will come in.

Your house may have a sump pump. A sump pump is designed to collect the water from your basement drain tile system. Water can back up from this sump pump if the electrical power goes out, the flow is too great, the discharge is blocked, or the pump malfunctions.
This storm water may overflow the sump pump, run down the floor drain into the sanitary sewer, and/or flood your basement.

Water may leak into your basement because of poor surface grading or problems with gutters, downspouts, and sump pump discharges. Leaks can also be caused by problems with the palmer valve, drain tile, storm sewer lines, or window wells.

Keeping your basement dry.

1) Keep gutters and downspouts clean, and direct them away from the basement.
2) Grade soft surfaces.
3) Grade the soil around window wells to direct water away.
4) Check the palmer valve.
5) Check the sump pump.
6) Look for gaps and cracks in joints.
7) Check for cracks in poured concrete walls or block walls.
8) Check for problems with underground storm drain lines.
9) Investigate underground water supply lines.
10) Investigate all homeowner-installed underground drain lines and tiles.
11) Watch for roots in the sump pump crock and drain tiles.
Above all, maintain your basement. The maintenance steps are simple and can help prevent small problems from escalating into serious damage.

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Water Lines: Rust and other minerals can build up inside your water line, affecting your water volume. If you have good pressure but bad volume, you will notice it when somebody flushes a toilet or shower.

Identifying The Water Line Problem

• Slow sink or tub drains.
• Water backing up in the bathtub, shower, or sink.
• Wet areas in walls or along floors in rooms adjacent to walls containing drain pipes.
• Wet areas in the lawn near drain piping.
• Unusual gurgling or bubbling sounds when water is draining.

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