The extended weekend and an unusual stretch of cold and sunny weather provided a great opportunity to take care of a persistent water issue. Whenever it rains very hard or long, water seeps under the foundation and up into the basement. It’s been a little better since we terraced and gardened the backyard. But the soil can only absorb so much water – once it’s saturated, the water has to go somewhere.
I’d rather that somewhere was not our basement, so my New Year’s project was a French drain. It’s simple enough, but all the digging was hard work. Still, it’s very satisfying to finally have addressed this recurring problem – feels like I’m staring 2011 with one New Year’s resolution already accomplished. We’ll see how it performs in the next rain storm – fingers crossed.