Please help. I have one corner in my basement that is wet (not puddles, just wet spots). It’s not coming in from the walls, but rather the floor. The house was built in 1927 so not sure if any weeping tiles were used back then (doubt it). My husband wants to rip the floor out and that’s were the plan ends. He’s a good man and hard worker, but please, help before I come home to no floor. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
A wet basement in an 84 year old house? I’m shocked!! Unfortunately it’s a common problem, as basements built back then weren’t meant for couches and TV’s, and chances are good that you don’t have a weeping system if you don’t have a sump pump somewhere in the basement. Most leaks occur through the foundation walls, but your floor issue isn’t uncommon. It’s a good sign that your walls aren’t leaking, but you may have a high water table or underground spring in the area and the easiest entrance is the floor in that one corner.
Having an external weeping system installed to relieve the hydrostatic pressure around your house could run you anywhere from $15 – $30k , and it’s possible that it won’t solve the problem. Your best option may be to install an interior weeping system that will collect and expel ground water that is coming up from below your basement pad. Channels will be cut around the inside of your basement walls, and a weeping system installed that runs to a sump pump, and outside away from your foundation – typically much cheaper than an exterior system.
Not a recommended DIY weekend project…you might want to call in a few foundation specialists to point you in the right direction. Moisture in the basement is definitely something you want to take care of – if left unchecked, it’s only a matter of time until your basement is full of mold.