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Maxlund, Home Owner in Philadelphia, PA

How big a problem is building on wetland in Bucks County?

Asked by Maxlund, Philadelphia, PA Wed Jan 25, 2012

I want to build a house on a plot of land I own in Bucks County, but some of the homes nearby have had problems with water getting into the basement. Is this a known problem in the area? If so, is there a workaround?

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Building a waterproof basement is easy. I've done it and know how. The key is having enough slope on your land to allow a drain to flow from below your basement to an above ground exit from the drain pipe.

However, this is by far your smallest problem. The big problem is this: If your land is a federally designated wetland, the legal hurdles in building there are a nightmare, and probably insurmountable. You can see the wetlands maps at the office od the Bucks County Planning Commission at The Almshouse, Neshaminy Manor Center, 1260 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
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It depends where exactly your plot of land is. However, you can always take additional water prevention steps; such as, installing multiple sump pumps, french drain, floating slab, waterproofing your basement, etc.
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