(Closed) Has anyone dealt with a flooding basement?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Is your issue after a big rain?  We had some issues with water leaking in our basement after huge rain storms/floods, what was happening with us, was water was backing up at the window and then leaking in the house.  We ended up having to put in a sump pump at our window and then french drains bringing the water out of the yard, we spent around $1k.  Overall I think it depends on what exactly is wrong.  Fingers crossed you will be able find an inexpensive fix. 

Post # 4
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Does it happen when it rains or just all the time? Sometimes if its when it rains you can just reroute the water elsewhere with a elevated pitch and/or drain to take it away so it doesn’t go into the basement.

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

You can reroute the water into what’s called a french drain. My Father-In-Law used to have a ton of issues, and he spent a weekend along with hubs and a few friends digging the drain around the perimeter, and now it all drains out the sump pumps (he has 2) rather than into the basement. They did all the work themselves, but I would expect that to cost more than $1000 to have a company do it for you (but I could be wrong).

My parents had the same issue as you, and they had the drain outside the door cleaned out, and they put sand bags along the top of the steps leading down the outside stairs to keep water from going down as much. Seems to work much better now, they haven’t had an issue in over a year, even with a freak blizzard and a LOT of rain.

Hope you can find an easy (and relatively cheap) solution!

Post # 7
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My parents had this situation and they had to put a sump pump in to drain the water, it came in through some spaces between the floor and wall and would happen whenever it rained and the ground would hold a lot of water.

I will tell you that if you do solve your problem by installing a pump, make sure it has a battery backup! My parents did not have this and during Hurricane Irene our basement flooded because the power went out and the pump stopped working. It cost them $7000 to fix the flooding- I ams ure yours will not cost that though, the basement is a lot more sq footage than 10 x 10 and  thebulk of that cost was replacing the carpet and laminate floors, and you say you have concrete. Mold did show up after about a week or two, so they did have to replace the sheetrock on all the walls whihc was a headache as well.

GOod luck! Hopefully you can have an easy fix and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain too much till then!

Post # 9
14569 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We must have had flooding problems in our basement (theres evidence of at least a foot of flooding due to water marks and where drywall had been replaced) and a previous owner had installed a french drain and sump.  Our home inpsector said that it must have been at least a 7-8k job to get that in.   Also cement is porous so it’s not going to stop moisture from seeping in. 

Post # 11
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Heatherloveskenny:  I think you can get a cheaper price.  We had a normal contractor (not a basement specialist) put our sump pump in and he charged us around $600 – $800.  I can’t remember the exact price since it was awhile ago.  It took less than a day for them to put the sump pump in.

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