Live in Southern Maine - there is currently a small stream running across my
basement floor to the sump pump well where the drainage system is also
dumping water. The stream is coming from cracks in the poured foundation
wall where the wall meets the floor. The sump pump well & basement wall
have been dry since the last big rain event last Mother's Day so this only
happens when we get a lot of rain in a short period of time.
Looking at hydraulic cement to stop the leak in the wall: Do I just chisel
away at the point where the wall meets the floor to open the cracks or can I
just press the cement in? If I do have to open the crack what is the best
method considering the area I need to repair? Will the cement smell bad
enough to send my wife away for a night or two?
Think of your basement wall and floor as a leaky boat in a pond.
Do you really think mashing a little cement into dirty, old corners is
going to stop your boat from leaking?
There is no special "hydraulic" cement. All portland cement is hydraulic.
That label is just a way to sell it at exorbitant prices to suckers.
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