This Basement Floods Ankle Deep - Pic

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Just saw this basement over the weekend on a rental we visited. Since the owner is a few hours away, the tenant let us walk the property. 90 year old house with everything wrong except location and lot. Water damage, mold, old systems, leaky roof, rot, odor (humans and pets), old windows, filthy, etc. 

This is a portion of the basement, see how the water (ankle deep, tenant says every time it rains) has eroded the bricks and water stains on the blocks, like a mini water fall? Mold, mildew and other organic growth. Sump does not work or not enough to handle the amount of water. See how a stack a bricks "supports" the overhead pipe? 

I am not an expert in anything at all, but this definitely doesn't seem, feel nor smell right. No sewage smell, but wet, moldy smell. 

Mold needs to be remediated, but this water source needs to be taken care.

Anyone seen this before and how have you addressed the water? Thanks, all!

Hard to say from the pic.  If water is coming in when it rains, the first thing I do is look on the outside of the house.  Are there gutters with pipes at bottom taking the water away from the house?  Is there a slope of the ground that is sheeting the water towards the house?  The first thing you have to do is get the water to flow away from the house.  The water that is coming off the roof and anything sloping towards the house.  Other problems may be a high water table and its coming from the ground.  It's not a complicated fix but it is hard work to trench out along the basement walls (on the inside) lay pipe and put in a sump pump.  Probably best to hire this out and will be expensive ($1,000-$3000 depending on how extensive).  Stacks of brick holding pipe is shotty work but nothing to be that worried about and an easy fix.  

Good luck!


I agree with Jeff. Have to get the water away from the house. I had a similar situation and installed new gutters and downspouts. Near the ground I extended downspouts several feet from the house. I also added soil near foundation and graded it away from the house. I've heard from specialists in basement water issues that doing both of the things I've described rectifies the majority of basement water issues. My property has been dry since I did this several years ago.

If the things mentioned in the previous responses work, that's great.  But be aware you may be looking at much more difficult and expensive fix.  Besides making sure grading around the house is going away from the house and gutters redirecting rain water, you need to make sure the basement walls have been properly water proofed and have a proper french drain in/around the basement walls.  This will minimize the amount of water getting into the house and reduce the mold you mentioned.  Also, make sure you have a good working sump pump. Good luck!

Originally posted by @Jorge Rullan :

you need to make sure the basement walls have been properly water proofed and have a proper french drain in/around the basement walls.  

French drains, I think, might be a must on this one.