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30 Years Later – Fixing Those Drainage Problems

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 09, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Aug 08, 2012

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions Finally fixing the basement drainage problems that have plagued my house for 30 years I tried fixing the drainage years ago, but my fix failed at the basement window wells, including the one shown here on the back of the house after digging it out, exposing the EPDM drainage layer. Click to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson When I bought the house in West Dummerston, Vermont, where my wife and I have lived for the past thirty years, one of the first things I did was fix the drainage problems that were dumping water into our basement…. Or so I thought. Let me explain. When I moved into the 1780s house there was a hill on the west side that channeled runoff right into the dry-stone foundation. During rainstorms rivulets of water would flow into the basement with abandon. The house had only survived so long because the soil is very sandy. Moisture that got into the basement would quickly soak into the ground and disappear. Step one was to change the topography. I hired an excavation contractor to move several hundred yards of earth from the west side of the house, creating a bit of a swale to direct runoff away from the house. read more






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