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Old 06-15-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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We bought a house in the Princeton area 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 06-15-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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We had a similar situation in our other house. We put a drain in the patio to eliminate the puddling. I wouldn't be too quick to call a waterproofing contractor. Have you asked about this subject on the house forum?
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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We had a similar situation in our other house. We put a drain in the patio to eliminate the puddling. I wouldn't be too quick to call a waterproofing contractor. Have you asked about this subject on the house forum?
Exactly. Thats why I dont want a waterproofing guy. I am sure it is an obvious external fix.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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Talking water in basement

make sure your gutters are clear. If full, the water runs over the side and over-saturates the ground around the base of the house instead of to the down spouts. This just happened to me.
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