Water in Basement

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About 2 years ago my finished basement was completely destroyed after water leaked in during a week long rainstorm. After consulting with several professionals we decided our best (and least expensive option) was to have our yard completely re-landscaped and new gutters and downspouts installed. Fast forward to today and our basement is still dry, fortunately. We are currently experiencing steady rainfall, about 3 straight days, and I can't help but be worried that somehow water is going to seep into my basement again. I came across Tom's article regarding wet basements and was wondering if I should still be worried about flooding? Did we do enough with the regrading and new downspouts, or is there something more I need to do right away to prevent future floods? We do not currently have a sump pump or French drains.

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Well, it turns out that regrading and new gutters and downspouts was not the permanent solution. About 12 hours after I posted on this website asking if there was more that we could do to prevent basement flooding, our basement flooded. This time, it was completely destroyed. Not one room was dry. We had about 5 or 6 inches of standing water and the water did not stop coming in for about 3 or 4 days!

The grade in our yard had nothing to do with the flood. The water came in from underneath the foundation as the water table had risen so high the only place for water to go was in our basement. Needless to say, we ended up having a drain system and a sump pump installed as the final defense in our quest for a dry basement. If ground water gets in during the next rainfall, the company that installed our system guaranteed they would not only fix the system but also pay for any damages that occur from flooding. I don't anticipate any water getting into our house though! I think we are finally ground/rain waterproofed!!

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I wish I had a crystal ball to help you and many others in your situation.  What I can tell you is that the proper drainage is the single best way to prevent a wet basement.  It sounds like you have taken every measure possible to have the proper drainage.  Hang in there and let us know what happens! 

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