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Should we have bulging basement floor looked at?

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Posted by: from Portal
10/3/2014 at 1:07:51 PM

We have a bulge in our carpeted basement floor but no sign of wetness or can't feel an actual crack. We had a reverse osmosis break and get our floor wet in the basement about 10 years ago but had it professionally cleaned up.

Do we need to pull up the carpet or hire someone to look at or will it be alright if not an open crack?

We are about 2 feet in the ground and it seems to be just one spot in the family room. The house was built in 1992.

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MJ Salese Construction in Bangor
Date/Time11/2/2014 at 3:56:58 PM

You will need to cut out the area of carpeting and get a visual inspection of the concrete below, it sounds to me like a force perk were as the water level is raising below your surface and forcing it's way up.

I would not be surprised if you have pooling below the surface, however you will be opening a can of worms. If in fact this problem is due to perking, you will need to install 4" perforated pipes below your slab and divert the water away from the dweling, this is done by installing a sump pump to collect all the water and eject it far away from your house. You will have to cut out your carpet and cut out the concrete that has the bulge to see if the soli below is wet and then patch everything up.

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