Foundation Stabilization and Repair/Water in basement

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QUESTION: Jim,
 I live in a 6 year old townhome in Philly suburbs.I had water coming in to my basement from 3 places in my basement.They seems to have come from floor and wall joints.WE had a power outage for 12 hours and heavy snow the day before.WE are hit by continuous snow storm.
We didnt have this issue when sandy hit.Our neighbours on either side dint have this issue.could this happen one time since our sump pumps failed.the other battery operated sump couldnt handle when we lost power?our basement is poured concrete.
what should we do next ?
Nsk

ANSWER: Nithya,
      Yes in a word. Everything points to a water accumulation BECAUSE the sump pump failed. It may take a while for water to drain out the surrounding soil before things dry out. Any leaking cracks can be injected and sealed with a hydrophilic polyurethane injection. The floor joints can be caulked with a flexible silicone caulk designed for concrete use to seal the edges. To find an installer in your area contact www.emecole.com for sealing products and repair advice.

good luck,   Jim

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QUESTION: Jim,
  Thanks for the reponse. All websites have suggested a drain tile system which seems unaffordable for me.Is that the ultimate solution?Would sealing/caulking and buying generator during a power outage would help us with this situation?
thanks
Nithya

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Nithya,
      A generator would make a lot of sense. An interior drainage system in my experience tends to create additional wall problems as the water issues outside the wall are not properly addressed. It will also be nearly impossible for the holes they would have to drill to drain behind the walls to stay cleaned out...and they would in turn become clogged as you would not be able to access them in the future. The proper method is to dig up the outside and start over...but may I suggest you see if a plumber can inspect and possibly clean out the outside draintaile. It may be plugged or an inspection may show him where the problem is so that any excavation is very limited in area and cost.
You could also try an additional sump pump in the opposite corner along with your generator if the problem doesn't get better.

Regards, jim

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I am the owner of EXPERT BASEMENT REPAIR in Cleveland, Ohio. see WWW.EXPERTBASEMENTREPAIR.COM for more helpful links, pricing and information on repair work and products I can identify the reasons for movement or cracking in home foundations, basements and walls. I am familiar with most waterproofing and water control methods. I am familiar with and have installed Ramjack, Dixie MacLean, and A.B.Chance™ helical and push pier systems, including tiebacks, steel beams, and rod and grout repair and also several carbon fiber stabilization products. I am currently certified for Fortress carbon fiber installation and have performed carbon repair in the greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio region for 14 years. Please remember to tell me what city you live in to help me answer your question up front!

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20 years of structural foundation fault identification and most repair and stabilization methods. I introduced Fortress carbon fiber to this region of Ohio 14 years ago. I am always on site and involved in order to monitor each project I am responsible for. I have seen high pressure sales tactics used on homeowners over the years to buy on the very first contact. The most dominant ads on this site are good examples. My experience is that you need to be very careful when having these companies in your home.

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Waterproofing magazine issue #2

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Associates degree...and the school of hard knocks! Formerly certified by A.B.Chance company from 1993-2005. I have a construction and home improvement background for almost 35 years. I bought, restored and resold distressed property. I worked with 4 different foundation repair companies and am familiar with most methods. I also worked for a waterproofing company for several years. I teach ongoing education classes for home inspectors, adult education and Realtors in foundation fault identification and repair.

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Hundreds of residential, commercial and some industrial.

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