(Closed) Water in basement experiences?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
1978 posts
Buzzing bee

Have you already bought the house? Did you get it inspected? The inspector would be able to provide some clarity on that, and the source, as well as probably a ballpark for cost. That kind of stuff can be very expensive to fix.

FH and I get puddles in our basement, but we just need to regrade our lawn so the water runs away from the house.

Post # 3
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If it is coming through a crack in the floor, you need to have the weeping tile inspected and fixed, and possibly install a sump pump. 

Our house’s basement the water comes through a crack in the wall and we have to dig down around the outside of the house and install a waterproof membrane around the house. The quotes that we got were for 2 sides of our house and we were quoted around $8,000.

I would call a basement specialist, preferably one that has some kind of guarantee on their work (for example one company that we got a quote from guarantees their work for the duration that you live in the house, and if you sell it the new owners get 5 or 10 years).

 Get quotes from multiple companies. 

Foundation work can be expensive, but it’s worth it to find someone good and maybe pay a little extra money to have it fixed right the first time.

FI’s stepdad had a nightmare of a time because he just went with someone that was cheap the first time he went to fix his house. 

Post # 4
9841 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Uhh I wouldn’t buy a house with water in the basement without a quote from a contractor to have it fixed.

Post # 6
1496 posts
Bumble bee

My parents have had this issue many times. It seems to reoccur for them every few years. One year it was a hole in the wall, and to fix they needed to dig down on the outside of the house to repair it. Another year it was the weeping tiles. It happened again this year, but they haven’t had anyone out to look at it yet.

I haven’t a clue how much it costs to repair, but I can’t imagine it’s very cheap. If you had the money, I’d probably install a sump pump after getting it fixed. 

Post # 7
533 posts
Busy bee

I was going to say ‘RUN! Run far and run fast.’  

Since you pops bought it, here is my advice.

Before you do anything else to the house. Get a foundation expert (not a basement expert) that has been in business for a while and has a good BB record. Foundation issues can be ridiculously expensive to fix. Sometimes they are not, but you can’t plan on a cheap fix.(This may be why the house was available at such a low price.) Find out what you options are and the costs associated. Decide if it make sense to put that kind of money in the house.

Post # 8
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Be careful… if you ever want to sell this house in the futre you are only going to have 2 options:

1.) Spend thousands and thousands to fix whatever the issue is

2.) Short sale/foreclosure (which you dont want)

I know from experience no one in their right mind is going to buy a house with a leaky basement unless its a super cheap foreclosure that they are planning on fixing up. Wait till it rains, the basement will likely flood.

I was in a situation where I bought a house that didnt realize had sub pump issues (the inspector didnt catch it either) until it started raining and the whole thing kept flooding. I had a couple people come look at it but it cost $$ for them to actually tear things apart and investigate what the issue is. 

Post # 9
742 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We have this problem in the rental we are in now… There is no sump pump either. The basement leaks from like 3 different walls… It’s such a shame, but it would cost so much to fix. They would probably need to dig all around the foundation of the house all the way down, fix any holes, waterproof the outside, clean and waterproof the inside…

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