Basement French Drain System Layout
Asked Mar 19, 2011, 08:33 AM
2 years ago I installed a sump pump in my basement because water was seeping in. My neighborhood has a high water table due to a nearby creek. When the creek floods, which is about 1-2x per year, my neighborhood has water on 3 sides. Since the sump pump install I have also installed new gutters with downspouts that that extend 7 feet away from the house. My property is almost completely flat and the foundation only comes up about 20 inches higher than the ground so creating a slope isn't really an option.
This summer I will install a drainage system by digging up the inside perimeter of the basement and connecting perforated pipe to the sump pump basin. I will be following the steps outlined in this article: http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Pr...a-wet-basement
I know that the best placement for the perforated pipe is at the perimeter. The only place I cannot get to the perimeter is where my furnace is. I know the best thing to do is temporarily disconnect the furnace but that area never takes on water and in a few years I will build a mudroom outside in that spot so I think not moving the furnace is a non-issue.
I am attaching a drawing of my basement that shows the locations for the sump pump, the furnace, and the hot water tank. The red line represents where I would like to run the perforated pipe. Do you think the layout will work well? Do you have any other suggestions?