Moisture Meters and Basement Questions

Does the home have a sump pump .
If not you might avoid dampness if you put one in deep and have the pump keep the water level 6 inches below the bottom of the basement floor .
This with a dehumidifier might be a good idea … Roy

In my area, you can legally make your neighbor divert his water off your land. He can actually be held responsible for damages if you can prove his excessive amount of water is causing your basement to leak. I have been involved in cases where a city or county department diverted water onto a homeowner’s property causing the basement to leak, and the homeowners won the cases.

The home behind mine was built 32 years ago and their sump end came out of the ground 8 feet on my property .
I went to the town bylaw officer and he asked me to approach them and see if they would move it .
If not he said he would get involved .
I approached them and WOW! they went ballistic and said it had been ok for 32 years and they would not do any thing about it .
I went and got 8 feet of 1/4 inch plastic tubing a can high expansion of spry foam .
Put the tub on the spray foam fed it up the sump drain and turned on the foam slowly pulling out the tube.
I have had no water on my property for two years now .

The house does have a sump pump.

Unfortunately, Strathcona County (where the new house is located) has this standard.

[FONT=Times New Roman][size=3]“Lots shall be designed to drain from back to front except under extreme
cases where the Developer can satisfy the County Engineer that back to
front drainage is not technically feasible. If an alternate system is required
it must be designed so that surface water crosses the fewest lots possible in
its path to the street. No more than 2 lots shall be crossed. In extreme
cases the County Engineer may permit more than 2 lots to be crossed
provided a concrete drainage swale and easement are established. The
potential problem areas shall be identified in the Design Brief.”

[size=2][FONT=Verdana]The bolded text above is the problem. This is apparently allowed in my sleeper community of 80,000 people. The adjoining City of Edmonton (population around 900,000 people) Standards state the following:

[FONT=Arial][size=2]Alleyless subdivisions
Rear to front drainage is preferred in alleyless subdivisions. Split drainage in alleyless
subdivisions will be permitted only if all of the following conditions are met:
[/size][/size][/FONT][FONT=Wingdings-Regular][size=2]������ [/size][/FONT][FONT=Arial][size=2]it is not feasible to achieve rear-to-front drainage due to extreme natural topography;
[/size][/FONT][FONT=Wingdings-Regular][size=2]������ [/size][/FONT][FONT=Arial][size=2]the receiving downstream lot has an overall grade of 3.0% or more;
[/size][/FONT][FONT=Wingdings-Regular][size=2]������ [/size][/FONT][FONT=Arial][size=2]there is no concentration of flow from upstream lots to downstream lots;
[/size][/FONT][FONT=Wingdings-Regular][size=2]������ [/size][/FONT][FONT=Arial][size=2]only one lot drains to another lot;
[/size][/FONT][FONT=Wingdings-Regular][size=2]������ [/size][/FONT][FONT=Arial][size=2]runoff from the roof of the upstream lot is directed to a storm service or the upstream lot’s
grading is designed with the ridge as close to the rear property line as possible.
In situations where split drainage may be problematic due to the above conditions not being met, the use of a swale for the interception of split drainage and its conveyance to a public right of way will be permitted.

[FONT=Verdana]Again the bolded section is a good standard to have but my community does not have this in their standards. Supposedly the only arsenal i have from the house behind us is that their roof leaders are supposed to go to the fromt of their house. They too must have a sump pump but whether their sump pump drains to their fron i don’t know.

I have inspected three homes that have exterior sump pumps and they do a good job .

I cain’t speak fureign langurgaes. What did that guy from Michigan say???

I think our unmoderated guest needs to be moderated. Just sayin’


We don’t need this on NACHI. If you have a problem with NACHI members, Jesus or anyone else, there are channels to go through. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but let’s be serious. Your outrage on the message board is not appreciated.