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Sump Pump or French Drain

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I know this is a VERY exciting subject..but...

Long story short...

we have water under our house..obviously, it's especially bad after it rains..in turn..it's causing scary bugs to find their way into my living room..besides bugs there are a lot of reasons you don't want water under your house...SOOO..the question is..Sump or French Drain??

Is doing one yourself easier (and my "yourself" I mean MrPF and Friends)..is it better to just pay someone to do it..anyone know of a specific company what would be good and affordable...Anyone wanna come do this for me???

I really want this done relatively soon..before it gets hot and gross outside..that's when it gets bad

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be very careful with the mold... you really don't want black mold growing under your house.

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Sump Pump and French Drain sound like sex techniques. Kind of like Donkey Punch and Cleveland Steamer. Anyway.....water under the house huh?

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I have a sump pump under my house but it was there when I bought it. Seems to work well. I don't have mutant insects invading.

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hmmm...interesting..mutant insects..is your house at the bottom of a hill?

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MPF I think it very much depends on the house, the grading of your yard/property, etc. There are pros that do drainage stuff, look them up in the phone book... that can get pretty serious with mold, rot, etc.

We have an issue in our back yard with ponding of water when it's rainy and/or we get a storm. We have about 2" of grade from the back to the front of our property so we get zero drainage and we actually drain in from our neighbors yards. I had a guy come look at it but it's not that big of a problem (it doesn't affect the house) it's just an annoyance so we didn't spend the money to fix it.

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Both.

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Is the water there after a heavy rain? Or seeping from a natural spring. Or leak.

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Sump pump all the way. I know nothing about this subject except that I hate the French.

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our front yard slopes down towards our house..we used to have these big huge overgrown holly bushes in the flower beds right in front of the crawl space..well...we cut those out and cut down a dead tree as well that used to soak up all that water when it would rain..now we have water under the house..

so basically..it's when it rains enough that the grass and little shrubs in front can't take anymore in. We only found this out when the exterminator dude crawled up under there last year

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Dig a shallow hole in the ground beneath the house, say 10 inches.

After the next rain look and see if there is water in the hole. If there is and the surrounding surface is dry then go with the sump pump. If the ground under the house gets wet from the foundation and spreads inward then look at the french drains.

We had this in our new house and the water just came up from beneath the house. Installed a sump pump and problem has been solved.

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I remember seeing pics of MPF's backyard after a real bad rainstorm a couple years ago. You could've ridden a jetski back there and I am pretty sure I saw a gator or two.

And by pics of MPF's backyard I mean the backyard of her house ya pervs.

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