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BrownsFan

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06-13-2013 04:12 AM

I live in Indiana. We purchased a home last October.. it was built in 1995.

The last 2 big rain storms we had water gushing into the basement through the electric conduit running out to the water well. Where do I begin?!? It there anything to check at the well head or am I in need of a backhoe?

There was also minor water seepage through the foundation wall where the well water line and electric penetrate.. but that was nothing like the water freely flowing through the electric conduit.

After the first occurrence, I made sure to have my down spouts directed far away from the house. I also put some polyurethane sealer around the penetrations.

On the second rain the sealer seemed to help a little. This was when I discovered the water was actually flowing THROUGH the conduit.

help!



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Dan Lyke

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06-14-2013 03:56 PM

I am just another ignorant homeowner, but when I laid the buried electrical conduit to my workshop, I wondered about water infiltration, because for a good portion of the year my plastic conduit will be completely submerged, and there’s drain for it: Both ends are well above ground.

I eventually came to the conclusion that I needed to make sure that all of the junctions were clear of where the water might collect, seal it as best I could, and let it go.

This is the long way of saying: Barring any better suggestion, I’d wait for the house end to be dry and fill that sucker with several layers of silicone caulk. Maybe even find a two part silicone to plug it.

But hopefully there’s an official tested fix…

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BrownsFan

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06-14-2013 04:22 PM

Not wanting to take a chance with my finished basement.. I called a well company. They came out and squirted some silicon in the conduit and charged me $150. I was not pleased. However, this is a standard fi they do in my area with good success. Knowledge is $$$.

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01-28-2014 09:04 AM

The putty came out of the holes and filllec up the conduit with water. I have 4 racks … Electrical conduit is not watertight like plumbing pipe. It is for …. Check out the splice connectors used for well pump connections.

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