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Well Pump Delivers Terrible Water Pressure
First it seems you need to confirm the pressure coming from the well pump itself. If that is in a remote location, that should not be hard to do. If the pressure is good at that point, check it again at the first place it comes into your house. If its dropped, then the plumber is right and you have a problem with the main line. The only fix for that would probably be replacement. However, if the pressure is god where it enters your house but bad after that, then you'll need to track down the restriction, which could for example, be a bad valve (or if your house is old) a corroded steel pipe, etc.
The other option might be to add a pressure tank and send booster pump in your home. The pump would run as needed (not every time you turn on the faucet) to pressurize the tank, but your water would be pressurized and pulled from the tank itself.
Water Damage in Flooring
You have a valid concern but my experience would dictate that there's little to worry about if the leak was fixed. That water will dry out – and probably much quicker than you'd imagine. The bigger concern is structural. If the water leak went on for a long time, you may have rotted floor components and those should be fixed, even if it involves removing tile.
Try gently stepping on the floor in the are of the leak and note if it feels spongy or softer than adjoining areas. If it is, further evaluation may be needed. If a flooring replacement is needed, there have been many advances in waterproof flooring you can consider.
Wet Basement “Expert” says Grading Won’t Stop Floods
It's no surprise that a so called wet basement "expert" would proclaim that improvements to roof and surface drainage won't fix you damp, leaky basement. They have very strong economic reasons to do so. Basement waterproofing companies pretty much sell a single type of repair, and it's really not a water "proofing" solution at all. If anything its a water pumping system that allows the water ot get to and through the foundation, where its collected in a sump and then pumped out to start the cycle all over again.
The reason most basements flood is because of issues with poor surface and roof drainage. To stop this from happening, you must:
- Clean gutters & downspouts;
- Make sure there are enough downspouts for the roof size. Each spout should drain no more than 600-800 sq feet of roof surface
- Extend spouts to discharge at least 6 feet from house;
- Improve the angle of soil at the foundation perimeter to slope away from the house.
In RARE circumstances, flooding is caused by a rising water table and in that case, a pump system is needed. However, we're talking VERY RARE circumstances.
Here's how to tell. If your basement dampness and flooding worsens consistent with rainfall, or snow melt - its always caused by drainage that's easily fixed.
Finally, one of the most popular posts on our site is about basement waterproofing. Read it, and THEN read all the comments. You'll see three groups of comenters. Wet basement "experts" desperate to save their money-making scams, home inspectors and other independent experts calling out the waterproofing profiteers and confirming the advice we've provided, and homeowners who have tried it and saved tens of thousands of dollars.
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