Odd basement drainage feature?
September 30, 2012 11:00 AM Subscribe
We're thinking about making an offer on a house. However, it has an odd feature in the basement that may be related to drainage. Can anyone tell us what this might do or what could be behind the wall? Picture here
- it's the 4" bumpout in the back left corner.
posted by WowLookStars to home & garden (11 answers total)
There are small round vents at the bottom of the wall. The vents looked like soffit vents
to me. We asked the current owner about it, and they said that the previous owner had some "moisture" after a storm and they installed this feature to fix it. (6+ years ago). The current owners say the basement has been dry the entire time they've owned the house.
There is no sump pump. The basement is fully buried on the left and back walls in the picture - the house is on a steep hill, so there's also an exterior door on the wall behind the camera.
We're in Oregon. It rains all winter here. Basements aren't common, but we have seen them in a few other houses.