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Old 06-15-2009, 07:10 PM
 
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We bought a house in the Princeton area (NJ) about a year and half back. We have a finished baement which has been dry through the massive rains we have been having lately. However, on sunday ( after saturday's afternoon deluge in this area), I noticed that the floor molding of a small section ( about 2-3ft) of the basement felt damp to the touch though the carpeting on the floor was dry. This area is directly below the kitchen dining patio door. I dont have water in there as yet. I have a concrete patio which has settled and about one third of it puddles up during the rains and the adjoining flower beds around the foundation there have settled so its easy to see the possible area where the water is collecting and seeping in case of very heavy rains like saturday. I dont have a downspout there and all our other downspouts drain water far away from the house. I want to fix this before it escalates. Looks like we have to regrade the area around that place. I would like to know the experience of others with similar problems. If someone knows a good and reasonable landscaper in this area who does this kind of regrading work, please let me know. I dont want to call in a waterproofing company rightaway who will not look for easier and more obvious external fixes but will insist on an interior drainage system. Thanks a lot for reading.
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Old 05-15-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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I just read your thread because I am searching for similar information. I'm not sure if you ever got a response but I'd love to know how you addressed the issue and if you were satisfied. We have a new house with a cement patio off the basement which is flush with the door and siding and water inflitration was sufficient (although not apparent) to rot the wood and create mold (also not apparent until we did a mold test before buying the house) and need to come up with a permanent fix to prevent future inflitration. We are thinking that removing the concrete (ie lowering the grade) and installing a drain and more porous surface is the answer but we are struggling to find the right person to help us with this and complete the work. I know you can't help us with this because we live in NC but I'd like to know how you resolved your issue!
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