Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

We spent all day bailing water out of our basement.

I went to work this morning, then had to come back.  We had four inches of water and it was rising.  I spent 10 hours pumping water out before I realized that it was actually bubbling up THROUGH THE FLOOR via a large hole in the concrete.  Pumping water out just made room for more to rise until it reached the level of the water table.

I had to mix "water stop" cement with my hands and plug as much of it as I could into the hole.  Then we were actually able to get the basement close to dry.  Pretty darn dry.

I spent 8-10 hours and TWO sump pumps figuring it out, though, and tomorrow is dedicated to moving water damaged/destroyed shit out of there so that we can finish drying everything out.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 16th, 2007 8:49pm
Where all these waters are coming from? Do you pee so much?
Permalink DELMAR 
April 16th, 2007 8:51pm
And a couple of hours ago it was still raining in Connecticut, and it's not supposed to let up until at least Thursday.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
April 16th, 2007 8:55pm
It's pouring right now.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 16th, 2007 9:04pm
And I thought it was good that snow was avoided (imagine getting dumped by 3 feet .. my friend in CO went skiing even though Telluride's already closed). Actually there was snow on the ground yesterday morning and it was freezing rain which of course is a delight.

I need to change my nick maybe.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
April 16th, 2007 9:07pm
"I had to mix "water stop" cement with my hands and plug as much of it as I could into the hole."

How many times are we going to have to hear about muppet's problems with fluids seeping from various holes?
Permalink Send private email Philo 
April 16th, 2007 9:28pm
One does wonder what muppet was doing with water stop cement to begin with.
Permalink Send private email Сергей РахманиноB 
April 16th, 2007 9:56pm
It's handy to have around in case you need to do first aid on a horta.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
April 16th, 2007 10:07pm
I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer dammit!
Permalink Bones 
April 16th, 2007 10:46pm
Wow, the "high water table allowing water to come in to the basement From Below" problem.  Simply amazing.

I've heard it's possible to 'float' a swimming pool out of the ground a few inches in these circumstances.  If the pool is completely empty, and the ground water rises far enough, the empty concrete pool acts like a 'boat' and will actually 'float' up a few inches.  Enormous pressures being developed there.

Of course, your house is much heavier than an empty concrete pool.  And if it's only a few inches deep it may not develop that much pressure.

Is there any way to divert any of the water away from your foundations?  I'm hoping in this case the entire water table of Connecticut hasn't risen, hopefully it's only a local drainage phenomenon.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 17th, 2007 9:10am
More muppet luck.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
April 17th, 2007 2:07pm
If this is the actual water table, you're just screwed and to prevent the house being destroyed by mildew, you should jack it up a few feet, then have bulldozers remove the basement completely and replace it with a solid foundation filled with dirt, then lower the house again.

But probably the house is on a slope and it's an underground river coming through. You can fix that for about $10-$15 grand. They dig out the uphill side where the water is coming and they build a concrete retaining wall that is lined and has pipes to redirect the river around the house.

If you do nothing, the problem will get worse and you'll probably end up losing the house.
Permalink Practical Economist 
April 17th, 2007 2:37pm
Time to re-do the drain tiles?
Permalink Send private email Ward 
April 17th, 2007 3:33pm
It's the actual water table, as the Quinnipiac River is in our back yard.

The house has been here 30 years.  The only way water gets in is through one opening that my father actually intended as a drain some 25 years ago.  All I have to do is fill that gap and we'll be fine.  The house has settled as much as it will.  The ground here is mostly red clay sitting on shale.  The sandy, rocky bits are where the water gets around.  No chance (or little chance) of sinkholes.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 17th, 2007 5:51pm
And in your favor, this is probably the most water dumped at one time in about 100 years.  So you should be good to go for at least another 50 years, even assuming global warming is happening.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 17th, 2007 6:08pm

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