I love it whenever the cultural icons from '80's are resurrected.
420 SE - 3/11/2006 4:33 AM
Have you had Naomilla look over what the hell he is doing?????
As awful as it may seem in the pics (finding a soil inside the house is psychologically disturbing - 'Silence of the Lambs' was clever with regards to its portrayal of the pit with compacted soil floor in the basement of Buffalo Bill Gumb), it is probably the most cost-effective solution in TK's case. Given that there are tangle of willow roots outside the house and perhaps TK's house has driveway and/or deck/patio immediately adjacent to the house may make exterior excavation prohibitively expensive.
As I have learned also upon reading this thread, it is becoming increasingly common to remedy sub-grade water infiltration from the interior. Perforated pipes, wrapped in several layers of geotextile fabric are buried in the interior trench, all sloping towards sump pump which then pumps the accumulated water to the drain (to answer your question, iNeon, sump pumps are used whenever you have waste water that gets collected below the level of municipal storm/sewer lines; the accumulated waste water needs to be brought up to the level of waste lines which flow by gravity).
*Note to TK and other homewowners with sump pumps: have a battery-powered backup sump pump handy at all times in the event of power outage - and power outages occur at most inopportune times such as hurricane or severe storms which is accompanied by... you guessed it, lots of water which will make their way to the sump pit right when you need the sump pump action the most.
As unsightly as it may seem, I would personally prefer these pipes remain accessible - instead of pouring concrete over gravel backfill and matching the floor finish, I'd install access panels over the pipe's run so that in case the pipe gets clogged, it can be accessed easily. If that is too costly, then at least provide a means of access at the highest part of the pipe run where you can stick a garden hose to flush out the sediment that could accumulate during its life. There are drainage pipe products where there is a pipe within a pipe in which the perforated inner pipe is connected to a water line and all you have to do is turn on the tap to clean the inside of the outer drainage pipe to keep the sediment from clogging up the drain.
Another option, is to keep the babbling brook exposed, get nice looking river gravel, landscape it, and make it into a meditative fountain.
It sure beats the hell out of this tacky thing.
Frankly, I don't understand the point of this product - who buys them? what for?
As a homeowner, whenever I hear running water INSIDE my house, my heart stops.
phew, pardon me for the long post. Thanks for reading.