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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 11:18 AM
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8. Sounds Like the Water is as Much of an Issue as Finishing the Basement
It's possible that diverting the downspouts and the French drains will keep the water out. But if they don't, and water is seeping up from under the house, you might need a sump pump.

What's involved is digging a hole and installing a container to catch seeping water and a pump that pumps it out of the house. To get water from all areas, a small ditch should be dug around the inside walls of the basement, sloping a little down into the sump pump container. The ditch is then filled with gravel and resealed with concrete. (You can also put small pieces of pipe at the bottom to help drain.)

It's a fairly big job, but it's sometimes the only way to control water in the basement. I had a neighborhood person put one in for $1200.

Now, if you want to have a semi-finished basement (concrete floors), you might not need to keep all the water out. If it collects in one corner, simply don't use that corner or block it off. Keep other items off the floor in areas that may flood.

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