Chimneys

The basic problems with water occur in the area of the chimney cleanouts, hearths, and in the firebox.

Lower level fireplaces that experience water dripping into the firebox are often easily fixed by installing a cap on the flue at the top of the chimney. Chimney cleanouts, the chimney blocks and hearths on lowerlevel chimneys, commonly fill with ground water.

If the chimney is made of blocks, in the basement, they will often show signs of water by a build up of a white chalky material(efflorescence) on the surface. During heavy rains, open the cleanout doors and with a good light inspect the blocks and the cleanout cavities for water.

Inspect hearths closely for dampness, efflorenscence or seepage.

In basements with an inside footing drain system under the floor, it is a fairly simple process of tapping into the chimney cleanouts and or chimney blocks and draining the water out of the cavities and into the drain system.

Hearthsare similar in that the top of the hearth is removed and the drain system is exposed underneath the floor inside thehearth. The top is then replaced and any water leaking into the hearth will drain into the system under the floor.

In basements where there isn't any drainage system unde rthe basement floor, a portion of the floor should be cut out, in the problem area, and inside drains installed to accommodate the water. These type of drainage systems are usually run into either a gravity line or a sump system.

Hiring a professional will ensure that you get a system that will last, is most suited to your specific needs and is expandable should you have other seepage problems in the future.

Eastern Waterproofing Co., Inc. will be happy to quote this type of work and provide references and a free written proposal.

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Eastern Waterproofing Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 504
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 875 – 6646

Just a Reminder:
The average size basement needs 1 sump hole and 1 sump pump to adequately discharge any water in the basement. An average sump pump pumps 3,000 gallons of water per hour. That is the equivalent of a standard oil truck. Some companies will try to sell you two pumps. Do you get two oil trucks full of water in your basement per hour? Check with your local building inspector to see what he/she recommends for an inside drainage system.

The proper drainage system consists of 4" perforated pipe encased in washed stone with filter fabric underneath. This system is put in place below the floor, adjacent to the footing.

Don’t fall for gimmicks that call for a track/curb system that is not installed below the floor — this method does not lower the water table under the floor!

Exposing your floor slab to excess moisture from below which acts like a sponge and results in the dreaded damp, musty basement.

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