By this time of the year, Jefé and I had hoped to be much further along on our current project. Our goal was to be under roof by the time the snow starting flying.
As you can see by some of the photos, not only are we not under roof, we don’t even have a roof.
The project really got off the ground last week as the roof disappeared and we started the mammoth task of putting a second story on the house. But, we also began digging up the back yard for the basement that will be located beneath the new family room.
Anytime you’re digging a foundation, you want to keep your hole as dry as possible as you prepare to pour your footers and floors. Rain and snow aren’t the only issues. In most cases, you also will be dealing with groundwater seepage.
There are two steps you can take to keep the hole dry.
First, cover the hole with a tarp. As you will see in the photo, we attached the tarp to house and angled it over the hole. Provided you’re not hit with a wind storm, this will keep rain and snow from accumulating in the hole. Make sure you extend the tarp well beyond the edge of the hole.
But, you also must get rid of the groundwater.
Here’s how you keep your foundation dry from ground water.
1) Exam your foundation and look for a low spot where water collects.
2) At this low spot, dig a hole about a foot deep and two-feet in diameter.
3) In a five-gallon bucket, drill two holes in the bottom of the bucket and along the sides – one every four inches – near the bottom.
4) Set the bucket in your hole, and a sump pump into the bucket.
5) Run your drain line out of the hole, or, as you can see in the photo, into the exposed sewer line.