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Water seeping in basement floor

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May 13, 2021
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Water seeping in basement floor

We bought this house in the spring and the basement was dry with no sign of water damage. The house is on a hill with a walkout and we had no water until a few weeks ago after a heavy rain. It comes up in the center of the floor, away from the walls and on the walkout end of the house. We have no sub pump. The water has no colour or smell and has happened a few times now. I can't see the concrete in the spot because it has vinyl flooring. Before ripping up the floor, or paying someone to waterproof, any ideas? I live in Mount Forest if anyone knows of a good company to call.
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Nov 21, 2013
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damaged slab? Clogged drain? Cracked faoundation, and water goes there? many issues can cause this, you'll have to investigate.
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Age of house? Foundation type (poured concrete or block)?
Usually blocked or poorly directed evestroughs and downspouts are the primary cause of water infiltration in summer.
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May 13, 2021
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The house was built in the 70s, it's a poured concrete foundation. The eaves trough are cleared and the downspouts all run away from the house. Thanks for the replies!
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You should give RCC Waterproofing a call. They'll probably be able to tell you over the phone what's going on. I've used them in the past, they did excellent work.
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Could it maybe be the weeping tile around the house is connected to the water pipes in the home? I think they may have done this sort of thing year ago. You could have a drain in the middle of the basement that's backing up. Will likely need to scope it and see if you can find something.
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Hambone wrote: You should give RCC Waterproofing a call. They'll probably be able to tell you over the phone what's going on. I've used them in the past, they did excellent work.
you had a better experience than me then. i had them come over and they didn't know the exact issue so they wanted to correct everything. their quote was $70K and was $40K higher than the next highest.
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ateeter2 wrote: It comes up in the center of the floor, away from the walls and on the walkout end of the house. We have no sub pump. The water has no colour or smell and has happened a few times now. I can't see the concrete in the spot because it has vinyl flooring.
Are you saying the water is coming up thru the vinyl flooring or is there a drain there? Be more specific about the walkout at end of house.
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May 13, 2021
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Thanks so much for the responses. I had someone scope the drain and it had a break under the foundation. No idea how it happened but since the water softener drains through it, water would go down and sit under there, slowly seeping up as it couldn't drain away fast enough.
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ateeter2 wrote: Thanks so much for the responses. I had someone scope the drain and it had a break under the foundation. No idea how it happened but since the water softener drains through it, water would go down and sit under there, slowly seeping up as it couldn't drain away fast enough.
Interesting. How much will that cost and how will they go about fixing it?
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Feb 4, 2018
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In 2018, we hired Aquatech Waterproofing to hand dig the perimeter on 3 sides of our home, replace old weeping tiles, install a waterproof barrier and backfill soil. The hand-digging was necessary due to space limitations. Incredibly hard-working crew: wrapped up everything in 4 days (two of those days they worked 10-11 hours). We live in Toronto, I don't know if they service your area, but perhaps they could recommend a reliable company that does. We have much respect for their work ethic and quality of work.
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