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Leaking basement foundation

I have a nasty leak in the basement wall. There is a cement porch with 4 foot footings over the top of this leak. The porch is about 10' x 20' and the leak is in the center so the water has to be traveling around 10' to find its way to my basement. Anything I can do around the outside to stop this? Thanks Jeff

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It sounds like the ground has settled around the area where the leak is, hence the traveling water. The right way to fix the problem would be to remove the porch, dig up around the basement wall, apply a sealant to the outside of the wall, install weeping tile and re-grade the soil to drain away from the house. Your best bet to begin with may be to try to re-grade the soil so it is sloping away from the house, however this is only a temporary patch, if temperatures get below freezing there is a possibility that moisture in any crack in the wall could cause further cracking and leaks.

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