On Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:13 -0700 (PDT), "Benjamin S. Carroll"
How old are you and how far down,, if you plan to dig outside.
It sounds like your dampness and leaking are moderate.
I woudl consider waterproof paint, on the inside of the basement. IIRC
Ugl makes a popular brand, but I may have that totally wrong.
Whatever the brand, I've used waterproof paint twice. Once in 1962. I
was 15 and I painted the basement walls of the house my mother used to
live in, without cleaning the dirty walls first and without even
brushing off the cobwebs. My mother told me it worked and the basement
was dry afterwards. The tenant had already movied out. The paint
was recommended to my mother by the chief building inspector, after the
tenant complained that the basement was wet. (The tenant had gotten
reduced rent in exchange for his promise to fix things, but instead of
fixing things, he complained to the buildng inspector. He was also
behind on the reduced rent. He did however drop by unannounced shortly
before moving out and pay 2 months's rent (or at least one month's). I
was the only one home and he didn't use that as an excuse not to pay.
It's a curious situation.
I only did one wall, where one could tell the water was coming in. Most
of it was under the stairs. It only took me an hour.
The second time was a couple years ago. A friend is renting part of the
basement from a nice woman, and the water just "poured in" though the
walls in when it rained. The probem in that case was that the basement
was stuffed with stuff, includign a freezer and other stuff we could
barely move and had no empty place to move it too. So we painted about
80% of the walls. One wall and half of another (a third wall never got
wet because the basement is only half as wide as the house, so that wall
is shielded by half the house. This took 2 of us about 2 hours,
maybe 3. Used 2 or 3 or maybe 4 gallons. My friend tells me that
water no longer came in where it was painted, but it came in new places
where it had not been painted, because we couldn't get to those places..
Still it was much better. But it will work much better if you paint
from the floor to the earth line all around the basement.
If it doesn't work, you can always spend money later.
Don't economize on the paint.
Amazingly, it was water-based, easy cleanup. I don't remember if they
make oil based, but I don't think so. .
Follow the directions. It's not quite the same as regular paint.
Slightly different product name, I don't know why. 5 gallons instead of
I haven't read any of the reviews.