Posted for James firstname.lastname@example.org
Basement leaks from walls.
My basement leaks after each rain. It seems to be seeping thru the walls,
then again, it might just be coming down from the top of the wall. Is there
anything we can do to make this basement quit leaking? We are wanting a
finished basement, but cant until this problem is fixed
Thanks a lot!
Are your gutters cleaned out and working (not leaking)? Do the gutters
drain and pool near the foundation? You may want to run extensions out
from your house, so the water runs well away from your foundation.
Because when water pools, the water seeps down and builds pressure and
pushed itself into your basement. Where's the water coming in? You
have actual cracks where it's coming in? If it's micro-cracks, then you
could paint the masonry walls with this drylock product that seals the
Our basement leaks too. I tried the drylock. Didn't work. Our problem
is slope. The back yard ground slopes down to the foundation. I'm
going to have to rip out the deck on the back of the house and dig a
french drain and move some earth to get the slope moving in the opposite
direction. My wife owned this house before marrying me. Instead of
addressing the basement leaking issue first, she instead paid for
someone to build the rear deck. But the moron who built the rear deck
should have advised her to have the slope taken care of, before worrying
about a deck. I wouldn't even have bought this house in the first
place, due to the slope. Women!
On an older home that I used to own I put a slab of cement against the
foundation. It was slanted outwards a little bit and about 12" to 18"
wide (can't remember). Most of my problem was from watering the lawn so
I then carefully installed a sprinkling system so that it didn't spray
on the cement.
If the problem is rain, I would make sure that you have some good rain
Concrete block and most concrete is not waterproof and making it
waterproof is not easy or cheap. The first and most important step is to
move the water away from the structure. This includes grading the ground
around the house away from the house. I suggest no less that 5 feet but
10-20 is far better. Also make sure gutters and down spouts are all directed
away from your home. Most of the time that will take care of it. Next is
digging all around the foundation to provide a drain and to waterproof the
wall from the outside.
Any attempt to fix the problem from the inside is 98.87% certain to
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