French drains

By: NEwxguy , 1:42 PM GMT on May 11, 2011

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Those of us who have basements,and are unlucky enough to have a high water table under their house,know the hassles,when heavy rains set in and last for long periods.You just get tired of dealing with the water and the mopping and the dry vac and pumps.So one of the solutions is to put a french drain in your basement.
What is a french drain? A one foot wide trench carved out all around the edges of your basement floor and a pipe with holes in it is laid into the trench and covered with small stone and cemented over again. This has been my last two days lisening to a jack hammer,which turned out to be a lot harder than they had thought.The basement looks like a bomb went off in it,they had to take out the bottom part of my stairs going down into the basementso now you have to jump down,piles of dirt and concrete everywhere,and wondering was all this worth the money and aggravation.
Hope everyone is doing ok,I'm sure if there are any gossip or stories from the WU,someone will fill me in.
Weatherwise we are stuck in one of our typical cool wet springs.Flow off the cold ocean is continuing,with only abrief break on Friday.More unsettled weather over the weekend into next week.

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9. juslivn
7:59 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
Hope your disaster demolition area is put back when you (and your wife get home) sounds like an interesting system. I do hope it works for you. That is great for peace of mind, and all the work you have done cleaning up after flooding in the past.

Looks like the storms are going over just above the border into Wisconsin. We dropped about 10-15 degrees here in the last hour or so.

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8. ycd0108
7:18 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
By the way:
My first dog was a big Border Colly named Prince.
He was the size of a Colly and looked the same - just black and white. I've never seen another Border that size. Later Laddy and even later Cal were Borders - I have always had a mutt with me. Lately I borrow/look after my daughter's monster (B&W) husky/wolf: Jupiter.
Sometimes I think I've outlived too many dogs.
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7. ycd0108
6:56 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
You said that the local water table is high there so hopefully the percolation rate is low. Think about some kind of backup for electrical power to the pumps. Edmonton approved a subdivision in a flood plain on condition that all new construction included sump pumps.
'Course when the area flooded they immediately turned off the electrical mains.
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6. NEwxguy
6:37 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
I have two pumps and they will be pumped out through the foundation away from the house,one to a large dry well and another into a bubbler tank which when it fills up the water will bubble up the top and drain into the street.
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5. ycd0108
6:28 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
I deal with construction problems for a living. Lately with a situation like yours I have recommended:
Cut through the concrete floor in a low/damp spot; dig a small pit and set the sump pump in there.
Where does the discharge from your "French" drain go and how does it get there?
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4. NEwxguy
4:49 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
When you look at the radar loops for the Atlantic,its amazing the area that is effected by that massive storm cutoff from the flow and causing a huge block in the atmosphere. Its effects are all the way to the Great Lakes and down to cuba.And several lows rotating around it.One system is just southeast of Cape Cod,another glob of energy off the coast of the Carolinas,heading south southeast.Another spoke of energy moving S.E in the Great lakes.Until this system weakens,Systems moving across the US are going to be very slow
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3. NEwxguy
4:18 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
Fog/Mist'

50 °F
(10 °C) Humidity: 89 %
Wind Speed: N 13 G 21 MPH
Barometer: 30.10" (1020.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 47 °F (8 °C)
Wind Chill: 45 °F (7 °C)
Visibility: 6.00 mi.
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2. sheslookingUP
2:48 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
Well NEw, I am glad to read your post--I'd wondered why you hadn't been posting and had gotten a little worried. So sorry about the french drain mess; the condo next to us, in our 4-condo unit, had to put in a french drain a couple of years ago and not only did it take forever but the guys had to come back three times to do it over...I'm sure yours will be right the first time. The good news is that since they put it in, they have had no problems.

Hope that good dog Prince is doing okay and still enjoying his walkies even though they may be a little harder.
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1. NEwxguy
1:54 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
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