Water in basement

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On occasions, when it pours outside for a few hours I will get rain in my basement. I have a sump pump which works really well. Sometimes though I still get water from cracks in the walls in the basement. What could I use to to prevent this from happening? I appreciate any positive responses.

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Make sure the grounds around your home are graded ( sloping ) away from the foundation and there are no eavestroughs dumping water anywhere near it.

There is a good chance you will have to make the repairs from the outside. Water infiltration is usually caused by the water proofing system ( membrane, if there is one )on your foundation breaking down or your weeping tile going bad.

The process of digging up around your whole house is expensive but it is the only sure way to stop water coming in.

Small interior hairline cracks can be repaired short term with epoxy injections but after a couple of winters, they usually start to leak again.
 

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I was told to use hydraulic cement on the cracks inside the house and apply it to the walls with cracks. Is this another good option? Could someone please let me know.

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Hydraulic cement will patch the job temporaily. Water will always find a different route in if you don't fix the problem the right way.
 

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I am told the house has been getting water in it for over 47 years.
 
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you could raise the sub pump, buy some fish and make your own little pond? No? Well I think It would be cool.

Well if don't want your own personal indoor fishing pond you could try this. I know people that drill holes into cinder blocks closest they can get to the floor. An enclosed "aqueduct" is then made covering those holes leading to the sub-pump well. This gives the water an alternate route to travel, one of least resistance. It flows harmlessly into the sub-pump well instead of all over the place.

Now, this is just a method I have seen done. Before you do anything to your house contact an experienced contractor.
 

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