basement floor repair

I have an older house with a concrete basement floor. Previous owners covered floor with paint. There is some seepage during heavy rain. Paint has been peeling. Loose paint can be scraped and removed but most of paint still sticks.
Would like alternatives to covering floor.
Is there a sealant which will take care of moisture problem? How to remove old paint with least amount of dust/mess?
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Sorry, but there is nothing that will work by putting it over the paint. If there is seepage, you need to start by eliminating the cause of the seepage. Usually that is outside not inside.
The trick is to stop the water as far away as possible. That means starting in the yard. If the grade around your home is towards the foundation on any side, you really want to change that. You want it to fall away from the foundation for at least 10 feet and 20 is far better. That may take care of it. Next step is digging up around the home. You need to drain the water away from the base of the foundation and while you are at it make sure there is a water barrier all around the foundation. Yea this stuff is expensive, but it works.
Next best, and I would not call it best, it is a fix that might work if you can't do the above is to add a drain around the base of the walls of the foundation on the inside. The problem is you now have the water already inside the foundation. You drain that stuff to the sump pump and pump it out.
After you are sure about the moisture issues, then you can turn your attention to the floor. See how dry you can get the floor first.

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wrote:

yeah slope yard away from home, confirm gutters downspouts etc are alll working well and draining away from home, install interior french drain, drain either to daylight prefered, or sump pump.
then and only then decide what to do with floor.
sorry no theres nothing you can put on floor to keep water out..... nothing.
been there done all this........
after getting yard regraded, replacing all the downspout lines, new sidewalks and all new yard, mine still leaked.
should of just had the interior french drain from the start, would of saved a ton of work and near 9 grand in exterior fix ups.
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I agree with the others. If you have no gutters at all ADD them. Imagine the whole surface of your roof catching all that rain. if the rain falls 2 feet from your foundation your soil may not have enough 'draining power' to take all that water from heavy rain falls.
If you seal your concrete that water is still be there, where will it come up next?
If you want to finish your basment consider Dimpled Polyethylene or under type of underlay such as this one. here is a photo of it:
http://www.rd.com/images/tfhimport/2004/20040501_Ask_TFH_page001img001_size2.jpg
(i have no ties to rd or other links i put on) http://www.basementsystems.com/basement_waterproofing/basement_floor / in this link they say not to use wood product because it may rot... hmmm would I want to put carpet and let that mold?!?
anyhoo, good luck. cln
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Focus on proper drainage, especially around the foundation. Downspouts should have a drain pipe extending at least 10 feet from the house. Look for pools of water during a rain storm.
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