Where did all the water in the basement come from.

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I'm looking at an REO property that has been "winterized" and I am a little concerned about the conditions in the basement. There is roughly 3" of water ( ice ) in the basement. The furnace and hot water heater are on blocks so it did not reach them. There is a sump so clearly the basement has water issues. The walls are cinderblock, and although it appears to be up pretty high, it's impossible to tell where the water table is. I Though perhaps the "winterization crew" just opened the water heater and water tank, and that is where the water cam from. or perhaps a pipe did break before the winterization, but I would think id that were so it would be more than 3".

My concerns are this ... where did the water come from, Do I have to worry about damage to the structure from the water if it's frozen If I go through with the purchase how do I remove / keep the water out of the basement until I can get the electric turned...

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anon344334
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The answer is actually very simple. The sun creates oxygen and the universe is primarily hydrogen. The center of the earth is magma and the answer is that the earth was once a star/sun which for some reason stopped growing due to a lack of star food and started cooling down and thus, the water from this dying star/sun, now known as earth, formed on the cooled crust of this planet. Peter S.

anon295416
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Water only exists so much on earth because other planets are too close or too far from the sun to have water.

joaquin
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It is quite possible that a combination of asteroids, volcanic activity, chemical interaction and other processes all contributed to the earth's water. It would not have taken much for a...

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The bible tells us that water for Noah’s Flood came from two sources.

We read in Genesis 7:11 that ‘all the springs of the great deep burst forth’. It’s likely that this water came from the earth’s mantle. Geologists calculate that the rocks in the mantle still contain within their mineral structure enough water to fill the oceans at least ten times over.1 They also recognize that material has come out of the outer part of the mantle, which they call the ‘depleted mantle’.2 Some suggest also that uplift of the ocean floor spilled water onto the continents.3

Genesis 7:11 records that water also came from the sky: ‘the floodgates of the heavens were opened’. This was not normal rain because it continued for 40 days until the Ark began to float. The water kept rising on the earth for five months and eventually covered all the high mountains (Genesis 7:19).

How could it rain for so long? We don’t know for sure but creation scientists...

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Look at Earth compared to other rocky planets in the neighborhood, and the first thing that would likely jump out is that there's A LOT of water. So how did 70 percent of our planet's surface become covered in this essential life ingredient?

That question is the subject of lively scientific debate, it turns out.

There are two prevailing theories: One is that the Earth held onto some water when it formed, as there would have been ice in the nebula of gas and dust (called the proto-solar nebula) that eventually formed the sun and the planets about 4.5 billion years ago. Some of that water has remained with the Earth, and might be recycled through the planet's mantle layer, according to one theory.

[What Will Happen to Earth When the Sun Dies?]

The second theory holds that the Earth, Venus, Mars and Mercury would have been close enough to that proto-solar nebula that most of their water would have been vaporized by heat; these planets would have...

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Surrounded by the banks of the River Foss and the River Ouse, York is no stranger to flooding. The Kings Arms situated on the River Ouse is flooded yearly to different extents. The highest levels recorded at about 5.4metres in 2000 have been challenged this winter with a measure of 4.6metres on the 26th of December, that were expected to rise further.

However, this year the River Foss contributed most of the damage with dramatically more water streaming in from the Ouse, which exposed homes, businesses and streets that are normally unaffected. An investigation has been launched as to why the key, River Foss flood barrier was lifted and whether it was necessary. The Environmental Agency whom are responsible for controlling flood barriers and protecting cities from flooding claim that extremely high river levels caused water to enter the building threatening the pumping station with electrical failure. They suggest that electrical failure would cause more severe damage so in...

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When you discover water in your basement it is natural to think that you have a basement leak; that water is somehow finding its way through your foundation wall. When your basement is unfinished and there is water on the floor and no evidence of a leaking foundation crack or anything else in the foundation wall, what should you think? It is for this reason that many homeowners wonder: why is water coming up through my basement floor or up through floor cracks?


If water in the basement didn't come through the wall then it must have come either over the wall or from beneath the basement floor (unless there is actually a plumbing leak responsible for the problem). Check out this rare video clip of water coming up through a basement floor.

Why ground water comes up through basement floors

Ground water under your basement floor is often under tremendous pressure caused by a rising water table, the height of which is affected by several common...

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On Satuday, my wife and I were in our finished basement and heard a drip from Laundry Room. A drip of water was coming down from one spot on the central air duct, rolling down one side of it from the top. Another duct lays on top of it and a floor beam is right there, so there is no way to see above or around it to find the source.

Roland J Down guy was at the house 4 hours yesterday. At first we were running the air and there was no drip. He ran tests and says central air working fine. He was just about to give up when water started leaking out in the cellar ceiling like before, a big gush at first and then slowing down to a drip and eventually practically stopping, like the water had built up somewhere and waited until that moment to release itself. It seems like it has to be related to the air somehow, because it only happens when its on, but he says there’s no signs of anything leaking and the condensation drain pipe is working right and not leaking. The only thing that can be...

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Most people have at some point smelled that distinct musty “basement” smell. Unfortunately, in damp basements this smell is often caused by mold. Actively growing mold produces volatile organic compounds (VOC), which can contribute to that musty smell. Even at a low level, this smell is detectable to humans.

Mold that can barely be seen can still be the culprit of this smell. Oftentimes replacing the carpet in the basement helps take care of the smell because despite looking clean, mold can be hiding out. Mold can also occur behind paneling if the wall is damp, which can only be solved by drying the wall out.

Wet concrete can also cause that musty smell. Mold can grow on concrete, but sometimes just the dampness can cause odors. The dampness can create an ideal spot for bacteria to grow, which can contribute to the smell.

Dehumidifiers are perfect to get rid of the dampness that causes these musty basement odors. Wave Ventilation units can dehumidify...

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In telling us about the world-changing Flood in the days of Noah, the Bible gives us much information about where the waters came from and where they went. The sources of the water are given in Genesis 7:11 as “the fountains of the great deep” and the “windows of heaven.”

The “fountains of the great deep” are mentioned before the “windows of heaven,” indicating either relative importance or the order of events.

What are the “fountains of the great deep?” This phrase is used only in Genesis 7:11. “Fountains of the deep” is used in Genesis 8:2, where it clearly refers to the same thing, and Proverbs 8:28, where the precise meaning is not clear. “The great deep” is used three other times: Isaiah 51:10, where it clearly refers to the ocean; Amos 7:4, where God's fire of judgment is said to dry up the great deep, probably the oceans; and Psalm 36:6 where it is used metaphorically of the depth of God's justice/judgment. “The deep” is used more often, and usually refers to...

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Water surrounds us, falling from the sky, rushing down riverbeds, pouring from faucets, and yet many of us have never stopped to ask where it comes from. The answer is a complicated one, stretching way beyond an incoming tide or a cloud heavy with rain and all the way back to the very origins of the universe.

Shortly after the big bang, protons, neutrons and electrons swarmed in 10 billion degree heat [source: NASA]. Within minutes, hydrogen and then helium, known as the lighter elements, had taken shape from these atomic building blocks in a process called nucleosynthesis. (Lithium had a cameo as well.) The heavier elements didn't appear until much later, when the lighter elements underwent fusion inside of stars and during supernovas. Over time, stars sent wave after wave of these heavier elements, including oxygen, out into space where they mixed with the lighter elements.

Of course, the formation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules and the subsequent formation of...

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Laid-up masonry basement walls on concrete footers are sturdy, economical, and comparatively simple to erect. Combine those attributes with the fact that they allow great design flexibility, and you've got a pretty fair explanation of why concrete block basement walls are so common. Unfortunately, water leaks all too often seem to be another standard feature of block basement walls.

Once you've determined where the water in your basement is coming from, follow the key numbers to find solutions appropriate to your problems. Try the lowest-numbered solutions first, and move on to more drastic measures — such as digging up the foundation and installing a drain — only if the easier approaches fail.

The simplest, least expensive way to solve surface water problems is to landscape the area around your house to prevent surface water from saturating the soil next to the basement walls. The ground should slope downward from the house at least 4 inches in the first 6 feet, and...

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The next morning, when Barbara woke up it was six o’clock and her brothers and sisters were still asleep. Barbara looked at them, and closed her eyes again.

Then she quietly got out of bed and started to pack her suitcase. She took some comfortable clothes out of her cupboard. She packed a pair of binoculars and her sister’s camera. She packed a

photograph of herself and one of her mother and father.

«I mustn’t forget to have some breakfast», she said to herself. But then she looked at the clock. It was a quarter to seven.

«I’ll just drink a glass of water», she said. «A glass of water», she said.

«Water», she said, and open her eyes.

She was still in bed, and her brothers and sisters were laughing at her.

«Tell us what you were dreaming about», they said to her. But Barbara didn’t answer. She was thinking about her wonderful

journey to South America.

At the railway station /eI/

(Mr Grey is waiting at...

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Determining if Sump Pump is Clogged

I am having the same problem. The leakage is on the other side of the house from the sump pump. I have checked all the outside drainage and all seems to be draining away from the house. We live in Maryland and have just recently got over a drought. We have heavy rains lately and the water is leaking through where the wall meets the floor. We just recently moved into the house and the it appears the this is new problem -- the carpet tacks boards did not show a signs of previous water damage or the carpet appears to have never been pulls up. When we first moved into the house we heard the sump pump go on quite regularly. We have not heard that in a while. Upon inspection the pipes leading to the sump pump are dry as if no water is draining into the well of the pump. How do you check if the carrying pipes are clogged? Is there an else I can do to determine the cause?

If the lines from the from of the house are not carrying...

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Water that flows into our sinks and bathtubs either comes from rivers and lakes or from water flowing down below the Earth's surface called groundwater. Most towns and cities have a big system of pipes that go deep into the Earth, suck groundwater up from down below and pump it through a series of pipes all the way into our homes and schools.

You may be wondering, “How does water get under the ground?” To understand where water comes from, we need to learn about a process called The Water Cycle.

Water in oceans, rivers, ponds and lakes is heated by the sun, which turns it into water vapor, (which is kind of like invisible water) and the vapor forms a cloud up in the sky. When a cloud gets so full of water that it can't hold anymore, it rains! The rain water travels back into our rivers and oceans, or it soaks down deep into the ground, creating more groundwater. It's a great...

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Currently I am running a dehumidifier about half of the year in my basement, along with an electric water heater. I am currently considering a switch to a heat pump water heater. The GE model, for example, is under $1000, so this is an investment that could pay for itself by taking $150 to $200 a year off our electric bill.

I am wondering how much dehumidification I can expect with the various products now out there -- the Rheem, Geyser-R, GE, AO Smith. What is the experience of those who have installed these models?

I am in a cold climate, so I will install the heater in the colder part of the basement and increase the ceiling insulation there.

(I might even set it up so that I can choose which part of the basement the unit will vent to based on the...

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"With my father in the hospital and us living out of state, having trust in our contractor was a major concern. The work was done timely, neatly and exactly as we wanted. We also appreciated your accessibility. The basement looks great. We never thought it could look that good."

Sincerely,
Mark and Debbie, Owings Mills, MD.
Work site: York, PA

"We truly appreciate your quick response for installing the waterproofing system and mold removal in our basement this summer. If you treat all your customers as you did us, with such expertise, workmanship and promptness, your business will do very well. We wish you continued success with your business."

Thanks again,
Beth and Deme, York, PA

"Just wanted to tell you, the sweetest sound I heard all weekend was the sound of our sump pump running. I can't imagine how many hours we would have spent in the basement mopping up water, with all this rain that we've had. The dampness and odor that...

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About this calculator: This tool will give you a ballpark estimate of the cost to finish your basement. There are a LOT of variables associated with determining an exact value. This calculator does as good a job as can be expected given a single input variable: square footage. Obviously your cost will be determined on your exact choice of design, number of rooms, type of rooms, number of bathrooms, quality level of materials, who does the work, who manages the work, etc, etc.

Assumptions: The flooring in this calculator is carpet. For hardbood flooring or tile your cost will be higher. The costs estimated here are from finishing your basement using typical materials. If you want high end bathroom fixtures, flooring, etc add another 20% to the bottom line. This estimate includes adding one new full bathroom with rough-in plumbing in place.

Ways to save money:

Be your own general contractor and save 20% right away. It does take a lot of time, but it was worth the...
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