Senior MTF Member
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: 60 miles NW of Fargo
Re: spray type insulation question
Okay, I'll try to be a little more specific. First of all, we do have a battery backup in addition to the electric pump. I haven't gotten to seeing what happened to it, either it didn't work, or just couldn't keep up. The house is not used, so we just check it periodically, and generally by this time of year the problem is over so we were lax. And in fact, it no longer is taking on water. Interestingly, the electric pump started working as soon as I wiggled it a little. It will be replaced.
The basement does not have concrete walls. It has 2x4 studs with green plywood on the exterior. (Seems to be a good system, the water does NOT come through the walls, the sheetrock got wet from wicking up from the bottom.) The "void" I refered to comes from the floor being installed after the walls are put up, I assume to hold the walls from moving in. I'd like to fill that void so the water can't get in there in the first place to cause mold, but I understand that may be impossible.
Agreed, the best plan is to keep it from happening. I can't imagine why they do this, but the outside was tiled, then they ran it into the basement sump pump. Brilliant, until the sump pump doesn't work. I plan on digging that connection up this summer and drain it away from the house instead of into it. That should solve it, that's the only place the water comes in, is in that pipe running into the sump pump hole. Also if we could find an alarm for some peace of mind. We live a hundred yards from this house so that presents a problem of how that would work.