if you have a reputable water proofing company do the job, wait 6
months or a year to make certain all is well and remodel.....
well lets assume you have a water problem after that. thats what
homeowners insurance is for make certain it covers water inflatration.
if you then get water damage make a claim with your homeowners
insurance and they will take care of it and duke it out with the
theres very little for the homeowner to do to with basement
waterproofing, hire a good company and sign the check when they are
done, many will move the stuff in your basement for free to get the
they should be expersts and know what to do if something wierd comes
On Jul 5, 11:36 am, " email@example.com"
well a brand new home is a complete unknown, 5 years after buying it
could devlop a wet basemnent problem.
insurance will add coverage for near anything, for a few bucks extra.
obviously your posting in the bwrong group this s home repair not buy
a new home when anything breaks.
with a new home even with a properly installed drain system something
can get blocked, like a drain line filling with silt, i dug it up and
saw that first hand
water flow in area may change. this happened to a buddy who suddenly
had a wet lawn and water in basement, where none had existed before. 3
years later the water line leak 1/2 mile away must of got worse,
anyhow after that was fixed his yard and basement got dry
nothing in life is for sure except in your world you must be rich to
replace anything that breaks
As we have discussed on here before, drains belong OUTSIDE the wall.
Sometimes an interior drain system may be the only practical
alternative, but OP should look at all the usual suspects and cheap
cures first. Yard grading, gutters, etc. From OP's description, this
sounds like surface water getting under the slab, unless the water table
fluctuates a lot in his area. Need to figure out where the water is
coming in before doing anything.
OP, do you have a sump pit? Does it always have water in it? Is the leak
on same end of basement? Another sump pit may be called for. Do you know
if you have footer-level foundation drains, and where they drain to? If
the drain point is accessible, they may need to be cleaned. Any sign of
seepage or white crystals or mold growing on the walls? If walls are dry
and clean, I suspect water is coming down outside the walls, and leaking
in at footer level.
Here, in five years, my sump pit has stayed bone dry. Fixing outside
grading in a few spots, and disabling the pipes idiot previous owner
installed to direct downspout water straight down around the foundation,
solved 98% of my problem of damp spots in corners. Even with failed
sealing on outside of foundation, and failed foundation drains (if they
were ever there) a little more landscaping and some epoxy injected into
one rusted-out form tie hole, would dry me out completely. And my water
table is only a couple feet below slab level.
If water came up through holes in the slab, then best case he's going
to have damp and mold issues. I wouldn't be finishing the basement
without getting that checked out at least. In an unfinished basement
it need not be a huge job.
cutting into slab adding french drain and wall drains with sump pump
will definetely fix the moisture problem forever....far cheaper than
the other way............
exterior drains sound great but are costly. execavate all the way
around your home, losing all plantings landscaping sidewalks patios
etc AC compressor may be in way cut down a tree or two to get bachoe
in back yard. have to dig BELOW footer level and even then a high
water table directly under your home you can still get water in your
basement. any paved areas must only be backfilled with gravel to
pavement level or pavement may tip or move, and even if you do it
perfect it may move anyway:(
scrub exterior walls super clean and paint with water proofingn and
add drainage membrame/
dig a ditch to daylight somewhere, hopefully your home isnt the low
spot of the neighborhood.
now regrade lawn the backhoe has things torn up and rutted, might as
well replace the gas line the backhoe bumped while digging, new
downspout underground drain lines too. now plant and water
home finally looks nice, county asseor noticed and raised homes
value...and you needed building permit. nosey inspectors came
visiting, is so and so up to code?
Can't help you with #1. You might find someone via this newsgroup but
I agree with some of the other posters about looking ourtside first.
Make sure that you have done everything you can to get the water away
from the house. Extend the gutter drains a minimum of 10'. Correct
any grading so you have lengthy slopes away form the house. If all
that is already in place then the concenr would be that the water
table is simply coming up under your basement floor. Have you ever
had any water problems before? How long have you been in this house?
Do you believe you drilled through the slab?
I agree about epoxy verses other solutions. It's a difficult choice.
I know nothing adheres like epoxy and it is the most likely to remain
adhered over the other options. But as you pointed out you will have
to cut the tapcons off to remove them. If this is where the wall sare
going to stay then maybe that is not an issue. The trouble with other
solutions is that if they loose adherence to the concrete or tapcons
some years down the road it will be difficult to redo them. I'd
probably go epoxy. But I am an epoxy bigot :-)
You said this happened after a week of heavy rains. If this is as bad
as it gets and you have never had water problems before then maybe
this isn't a big deal. The pt is the right thing to connect to. I'm
wondering if maybe you should use pt as the bottom plate on your wall
as well so you have two layers. I would definately keep the
insulation above the bottom. What wall coverings were you
considering? Leave a healthy gap and prime the backside of the
What's your schedule? Can you seal the holes and then take a break
for a few months to see what happens?
since water has been a issue even once its far better to do it once do
it right then relax and enjoy your new room knowing it wouldnt have a
water issue someday. DEFINTELY USE pressure treated wood for the
since no one knows for sure if the water table in the area is high,
the french drain protects from all that with the gutter and weep holes
at the bottom of al, exterior walls.
it might be 5 years till the 100 year storm floods his basement, so
waiting isnt a reliable option.....
How long have you lived in the house? I'm in Eagan and had some water
in the basement last week for the first time in five years or so. I've
been fighting the moisture thing for the last 25 years with reasonable
success. It was really bad when we first moved in.
I find it hard to believe the Tapcons punctured the vapor barrier
under your slab, unless they were over six inches long. Depending on
the age of your house you may not have a barrier there. Were you in
the house during our last 700 year flood (10 or 12 years ago?). My
guess is you've always had a moisture problem, you just didn't have
enough moisture to experience it.
Do you have a drain tile and sump pump? I think you need one. I have
used these guys in two homes for drain tiles, and one of my friends
used them also on my recommendation. In my experience they are the
best in the TC's. I would highly recommend. They are experts and
will advise you exactly what you need. When I did my first house I
had about 8 companies come out, and heard different suggestions from
all of them and none of them seemed to really know what was going on.
These guys identified the problem exactly and explained it to me
clearly. It seems there are a lot of fly by nights in this market
that don't really understand the finer points, but these guys at
standard are proper experts with many years' experience. Can't hurt
to get them out to have a look. Honestly, I have no affiliation with
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