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Basement flooding through sumphole

I recently inherited my parents house. Several years ago an oil spill occured in the yard, alongside the house, on the driveway. An oil company mistakenly deliverd oil to the wrong address. All the soil on that side of the house was dug out as it had to be burned because of the environmental impact. The soil around the house has a high clay content and when the hole was backfilled, much to my late fathers annoyance, instead of using weeping tile and clay, gravel was used to do the backfilling. The oil company that was responsible for the spill refused to do anything further to repair the yard. Ever since, when the rain gets very heavy, the basement floods through the sump hole, which by the way is located not more than six feet or so from the spot that was dug out. Sometimes up to about three feet of water or maybe a little more. Having taken over the house, I also have taken over its problems. Is there some way that would be inexpensive, that I could stop this from happening any more. I had hoped that maybe paving the driveway might be a solution as the driveway goes right up to the foundation. Or perhaps another pump as a backup to the sump pump. It is a very small house and the furnace, freezer and the washer and dryer are in the basement. I would also like to finnish the basement to take advantage of as much space as I can. Do you have any suggestions that I can try to stop this from happening anymore? I am on a very limited budget to get this looked after, as this is only one of many problems that I have to deal with on this property Thanks very much.

Lorna maclean

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Okay here 4 solutions but they both going to cost .....
1. the clay they dug out was to keep the water from entering the building and when they put in the gravel that only filtered the water.....

try one of these:

1. if your yard is big enough to redig you will have remove what they installed out and redig a new area that has clay and have it repacked near the house that was your sealant..

2. you will need a waterproof sealant or liner install on the side of house..

3. have a concrete slab poured against the house but sloped away from house......

4. go get a waterproof liner like they use for ponds and dig the yard down and away from house and lay the liner against the house about 2 feet of the liner and the rest sloping away from house then refill on top of liner but not sure how long that will last because it will deteorate but not too soon...

that clay that was removed was your sealant the gravel that is there now acts like a filter only to keep out debris but let the water to still slip through....

and drylock paint will hold for a min but the water needs to redirected away from the house

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Hi this is a new one to me.

Concrete has been used in so many aplications that it might just work.

O.K. this is how i got to get a couple of pools and spars sealed. 1 part cement and 10 parts water even able to deliver it by a bycicle pump. Sets as hard as any other cement just takes an extra couple of hours but moves like water.

Hope this helps.


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