Basement water source mystery
October 18, 2009 11:57 PM Subscribe
How is water getting into my basement?
posted by miyabo to home & garden (14 answers total)
I discovered a substantial amount (~20-30 gallons) of water in a puddle in my basement. I haven't been in the basement in a week, so there might have been more, and it either went down the drain or evaporated.
I figure the water may be coming from seepage through a hidden crack in the wall, from the basement drain (which is near the puddle), or from the water main.
It's been raining a lot here lately, which points to seepage. But the walls and floor don't have any visible cracks, and the walls are completely dry.
The water main is suspiciously near the puddle, and looks old and corroded (green). It's even slightly damp on the outside. But it isn't actively leaking.
The basement drain is also near the puddle. Can seemingly clean water come out of a sewer drain when it rains?
We don't have gutters, so it's not a gutter issue.
Should I call a plumber for the water main, for the drain, pile up more dirt against the outside wall, or just live with it?
Thanks! This is really bothering me.