Basement Workshop: Revised #2: Back-Up Solution

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Blog entry by Blair Helgason posted 06-07-2010 06:54 PM 5885 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I had my plumber Brother-In-Law over this weekend and we were able to partially solve the problem. It turns out that there was a Backflow Preventer installed in the drain already but the stopper had broken off. I replaced it for $20 and about 30 seconds work.

This solves to problem of sewage back-up but there’s still a chance of the weeping tile back up into the basement. I’m not too worried about that because to problems in the past have been back-up from the sewer and at least if it’s from the weeping tile the water’s clean. Now it’s just a matter of addressing the leaks.

-- Blair

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 06:59 PM

One big problem solved fairly easy good news

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Blair Helgason

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 07:03 PM

Yes, it was really good news. It was looking like I needed to dig a Sump Pit which I really wanted to avoid.

$20 instead of $2000 = One Happy Man.

-- Blair

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 03:16 AM

I have a basement space I am turning into a shop also. Been in this house for 33 years so I dealt with just about every kind of basement leak you can think of. Did you say your walls weep? Or, did I miss interpret something? I know a few things that don’t work, as well as some that do.

I have had other things in my basement; jewelry manufacturing shop, a recreation room, a kids play room, but never had a pure wood shop though. The latest thing I am dealing with is humidity control.

Let me know if I can offer some advice.

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 06:27 PM


Yeah, I have a few small leaks in the foundation. Nothing too serious but enough to be a pain. I was thinking about the polyurethane injection, have you have any experience with that? I don’t have the finances to do an exterior fix so this seems like the next best thing.

-- Blair

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