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Old 02-20-2014, 06:41 AM
 
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So I live in a townhouse and my neighbors basement started leaking along the common wall we share. My basement is completely dry but she seems convinced the problem is on my side. I have two sump pumps that appear to be working correctly though their are roots inside the sump pump well. The float rests on top of these roots but still kicks on and off when sufficient water fills the well. Ive had the city out to check the main line and they didn't detect a leak. More details...my townhouse is slightly higher than hers. Also I have a water proofing system in my basement that channels any water that would enter my house to the sumps. Since they've removed some dry wall on their side, you can get a fair look at where the water its. to me, it looks like water is wicking up the cinder block common wall and not coming down. Its really a small entrance of water (where ever it is coming from) but enough to ruin the carpet and cause a mold issue. We've had a ton of snow this year and the ground is completely saturated with water. Her guy says the gutters and roof are fine and they continue to want to "check" little things on my side.
Wondering what scenario would cause my basement to be dry (bone dry) but still cause hers to have water issues like this?
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Wondering what scenario would cause my basement to be dry (bone dry) but still cause hers to have water issues like this?
The neighbors house is lower and closer to the ground water. It sound like the neighbor's house needs a French drain (the channels around the edges of the wall). From my experience, they work well and are worth the money to install.

However, as a courtesy, you might check to see if your gutters are overflowing onto their property.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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Since you share a wall it may be best to be courteous and try and work it out with the neighbor. However, the bottom line is that she has water in her basement, you do not. I fail to see how this could possibly be your fault.

Has the neighbor stated "why" she thinks the problem is on your side?
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:20 AM
 
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She has a general contractor/ handyman who takes care of her property part time. Im sure he does good work but is by no means a specialist. the county has come out to check the main line coming into the house and did not thing find any evidence of a leak. This was the original concern since the main water line comes out of my basement floor in approximately the same location as where the leak is on her side. Meaning it runs along my side of the common wall. I had an other plumber come to check my place out to check my sumps and drainage system. He agreed that both sumps were working but the sump that is on that side of the house kicks water out through a pvc pipe that is buried in the yard. Right now the drain hole is covered in snow but said if it were clogged the water could kick water out where the outside pipe is connected to the inside pipe and spray water under the siding of my house. To test this theory he installed a new pipe to lead the water from the sump away from the house (a temporary solution, pipe is above ground). He seemed confident that if this was the issue it should get noticeably better in 24 hours. After two days it seems worse. you can actually hear water dripping but only on there side. He did mention that the ground near my foundation has settled over time and that I should add dirt to keep the water flowing away from the foundation. Ive never altered the landscaping back there or noticed water pooling but will add dirt back there to make sure it flows away from house. He didn't seem to think that it was so severe as to cause this but I'll follow up with him to be sure.
The neighbor is finally getting a foundation guy out to get expert advice. Hopefully they can figure out what the issue is. At this point I'm tired of taking time off work to meet her "experts". I feel like I need to be there so I can hear exactly what they say just to protect myself. obviously Im hoping her situation is caused by something other than my house but how much of the repair could I be liable for if water was collecting on the back of the house?
thanks for taking the time to respond.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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Since you share a wall it may be best to be courteous and try and work it out with the neighbor. However, the bottom line is that she has water in her basement, you do not. I fail to see how this could possibly be your fault.

Has the neighbor stated "why" she thinks the problem is on your side?
Thats what townhouse neighbors do, blame you! I have moisture issues in my basement which starts at about July or August. I think an installed dehumidifer might fix. When you buy a townhouse you don't think of these things, at least I didnt. A house, sure, but a townhouse seemed so simple.
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