Duluth Wet Basement Recommendation

I’m looking for a recommendation for someone to come take a look at a wet basement problem. My wife and I purchased our first home a couple months ago. With the torrential rainfall last night, I awoke this morning to a nice soggy wet carpet in the basement. I’ve got the mess cleaned up and now it is time to solve the problem. It appears the rain decided to enter the house via the egress window. Who would you recommend come and solve this for me?



about 8 years ago

If it's coming in through a standard non-opening window I recommend you head over to Marshall's, you buy a tube of caulk and caulk the window.

A bigger window:  is there water collecting on the ground outside the window? Is there sediment coming in with the water or is it a trickle?  Are the gutters clean? 

From there, well, that's beyond me. But you can save a pretty penny by cleaning the gutters, caulking (or glazing) the windows and adding a downspout extension to move water away from the foundation.  Also FWIW: the part of our basement that really only leaked when the 2012 flood happened leaked for us last night. Yes, we should do something about it. No we don't have 5 grand to solve the big problem there. So we mopped up, cranked up the dehumidifier and moved on.


about 8 years ago

I think I've got my plan of attack. The water running off the side of the house has channeled its way down the side of the foundation and flows very nicely into the galvanized well. I'll be digging out the well to get it seated nicely against the house to re-caulk the well and also add a bit of grading away from the house. At first glance it looked like I had sufficient grading, but most of that grade was built up with landscape rock.


about 8 years ago

Sounds like a plan. Consider adding some drainage tile to help pull water away from that well.

(I only offered non-contractor names because you said it was your first house....these are regular Duluth problems that almost every homeowner deals with in this town).

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