How to prevent water from entering a typical basement – HandyANDY fixes

Here we have a very typical water intrusion issue that can mostly be solved with easy, common sense fixes. The homeowner here beefed up her landscaping to prepare the home for sale but the landscapers inadvertently pitched the slope of the ground back towards the foundation. There usually isn’t any one particular cause for problems like these and this home is a prime example of several things culminating in a major issue.

The 3rd floor gutter clogs easily when pine needs jam the gutter screens. The water then comes over the top of the gutter…added to the water shedding from 3 stories of siding in a heavy rain…where it hits the deck at the 2nd floor and send the water all against the foundation.

The home has a number of black drain pipes attached to downspouts around the house but none of them are extended away from the house far enough to do much good. A couple of them actually direct the water back against the foundation. Make sure to extend drain pipes as far away from the home as possible and check them with a house at installation to see that they are draining properly. Once installed, you should check them at least once or twice a year…and, although it sounds silly, we suggest that you walk your home once or twice a year in a heavy rain just to make sure everything is draining properly.

Here, we will trench the foundation around the 3 sides of the basement office area. We will seal the foundation with elastromeric sealant where needed (for gaps & cracks) and then coat the foundation with black tar sealant. If we discover that there isn’t a foundation drain in these areas…or that is has been compromised, we will go ahead and install one.

It’s hard to see in the video but the entire yard is on a slight downgrade. We install a very short sluice in front of the hvac units to direct runoff away from the house. Always check your condensate lines…you’d be amazed at how much water comes out of these during the cooling season. Here, we will install a metal pipe underground and extend the drain pipes away from the house.

It’s really a good idea to set your downspouts flush into whatever drain system you have. Doing so looks better and makes it less likely that the connectors will pop out of place. DIYer’s usually just click the drains & pipes together but its a better idea to secure them at the tops with screws.

With these steps, HandyANDY will correct the situation on this property at a fraction of the cost of bids provided by other firms. We handle all things home repair….so keep the questions and projects coming!

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