Posted by Jeffery (La) on August 11, 2003 at 08:57:08:
When we were doing rehabs full time, a fella from Ohio invited us up to complete a rehab that he was having problems with. While there, we picked up a few more jobs. One of the other jobs was to remodel a basement. One problem with the basement is that it would get wet. It occurred during rainy weather. To remedy the problem, we dug a trench along the length of the wall that was getting wet, and continued the trench into the yard until the yard sloped down away from the home. The trench was a few feet deep. We put some rubber membrane on the side on the home, in the trench and it extended about 2 inches above the ground level. We filled the trench with gravel and then topped it off with about 6 inches of dirt. Now, when it rains, the water drains through the 6 inches of top soil and trough the gravel. Once the water gets to the hard dirt at the bottom of the trench, it follows the trench out to the yard and away from the house. The basement hasn?t had a moisture problem since. The gravel in the trench helps facilitate the movement of water away from the home since it is less dense than the dirt. And the rubber membrane is just a little extra protection. If you use this method, you?ll want to dig your trench until you get to hard earth. Hope this helps you.
Lake Charles, LA