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Re: Leak around foundation

Posted By: AHandyman
Monday, 28 September 1998, at 7:15 a.m.

In Response To: Leak around foundation (Chan Lipscomb)

Chan,

Water goes where it will go. If it gets to the point where it is pooled above the level of the slab, it will come in. You can seal until your blue in the face, but it isn't likely you will prevent entry.

The water simply has to be "removed" from the entry point before it gets there. It sounds like moving the dirt away from the house created a temporary fix in that there was a bigger area for it to pool and it took more rain to get it to the leaking point.

You have a couple of options. The grounds outside must be graded in such a manner that the slab is always the "high" point of the property, or at least for several feet around the house it must be the high point with someplace for the water to go. You need a slope down away from the house to a point where the water is removed from the area.

If that isn't possible because the house is on a low point in the property, you will need to install drain tiles around the house to remove the water.

You have to get the water away from the house. It's the only sure cure....

Good luck!!

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