It figures, live in a house 4 years with a dry basement, decide to start framing
it off, and the first good rain, it starts leaking.
I know the cause, the front gutter is clogged, and the overflow is pouring right
where the leak is. I cant get up to clear the gutters in the rain, and they are
predicting rain for the next 3 days, so I need a quick fix. Is there any special
type of caulk that works well on a wet foundation? There is a hairline crack in
the wall, maybe 1mm wide, been there since before we bought the house. I can go
back and do a more permanent sealing job later, but for now, I just want to
stop the flow of water under my newly framed walls.
"Light travels faster than sound;
This is why some people appear to be bright
The quickest fix possible is to get on a ladder and unclog that gutter.
No. Hydraulic cement *might* do the job, if the water isn't coming in very
fast. But you could get the gutter unclogged in far less time than it would
take to drive to a hardware store and buy the cement.
What's stopping you from removing the clog from the gutter? This is one of
those rare cases in which the *right* way to fix a problem, and the *fastest*
way to fix it, are the same. Get on a ladder. Remove the clog. When the water
stops coming in, patch the crack.
Run out and buy a wet/dry shop vac. You'll need it for a million other
things anyway. Make sure it comes with the correct attachment for picking up
water from a wet floor. Sears is your savior at the moment.
Craftsman 12 gallon, 4.5 HP
It's a bit noisy, I would prefer not to have it running 24/7. As soon as I turn
it off, it takes about 3 minutes for the seeping water to flow the 6 ft from the
leaking wall to the new framed wall.
I'm tempted to pick up a 24 pack of Juicy Fruit and pay the neighbor kid to
24' ladder. If you don't have one already, you should.
Have someone hold the ladder for you.
Get a flashlight. I've unclogged gutters in the dark before, holding a
flashlight in my teeth. If you're able to climb a ladder, you can too.
You don't need to get on the roof, you just need to get up the ladder far
enough that your head and shoulders are above the gutter.
Perhaps. But it will fix the problem. Hydraulic cement may or may not work,
depending on how fast the water is coming in.
You don't have to go on the roof. You can do the whole job from the ladder.
You're missing the point: there may not BE a temporary solution. The water may
be coming in too fast, or too forcefully, for hydraulic cement to work.
Unclogging the gutter, OTOH, will fix the problem.
Nobody's stopping you from asking, and I did tell you about hydraulic cement
in my first response. But if you want to fix the problem, you're gonna need to
get up on that ladder. Not on the roof. Just on the ladder. Problem is, you
don't want to, and you're making excuses. It's not impossible. It's not even
all that hard. There are many ways to secure a ladder so it won't slip. You
don't have to get up on the roof. And you don't really even need to see what
you're doing -- it's not that hard to unclog a gutter by feel alone, in total
If you're acrophobic (which I'm beginning to suspect), offer your next-door
neighbor a six-pack to do it for you while you hold the ladder. Most guys will
do things for ten dollars' worth of beer, that they wouldn't do for a hundred
It the water is coming in fast enough to run 6 feet across the floor in 3
minutes, you need to do more than clean out the gutter to prevent this from
happening again. Quick fix or not, eventually you're gutter will clog
again, and water will come in again, and you will be wishing you'd taken the
time to repair the problem correctly the 1st time.
You could temporarily cover the ground with plastic and plywood until you can
find someone to clean the gutter for you. Bottom line: the gutter needs to be
fixed. There is no cheap quick remedy that is worth a dime.
Fine. Pay a roofer to go up there on a ladder and clean your gutters. You
came here looking for ideas, but you keep shooting down the ones provided by
people who've already been through this. Good luck. There's no easy, magical
No, I came here asking if there was any product that could do a specific task.
That was all I needed an answer for.
There were only 2 options in my situation.
1. Find a temporary patch for the leak so I can safely deal with the gutter once
the rain stops.
2. Clean the gutter.
Number 2 I can handle. That, my friend, is a no-brainer.
Number 1 was why I posted here, seeking a specific product.
I don't see where your suggestion of a brand of footwear really applies to the
question I posted. Please feel free to explain how shoes will answer whether or
not there is a product that will temporarily patch a crack in a wet wall?
You said: "I cant get up to clear the gutters in the rain, and they are
predicting rain for the next 3 days, so I need a quick fix."
Among the reasons for your saying this, I came up with two possibilities.
The first is that water might make you melt, like the witch in "Wizard of
Oz". The second is that you were concerned about slipping. The second seemed
the more likely reason.
Next: You did NOT say your car was out of service, so it was safe to assume
you could get out of the house and purchase shoes which would increase your
safety significantly while dealing with your current crisis, and look good
with khakis for several years afterward.
Next: Someone mentioned hydraulic cement, but you still sound as if the
problem hasn't been solved. If this is true, did you want the correct
product delivered? Or, did you get on the phone to some hardware stores and
ask if they carried the aforementioned product?
Consider leafguard brand gutters for that strategic area. They work. Add
on gutter helmets do not work in my experience but I haven't cleaned my
leafguard gutter in 8 years and everyonece in a while I take a peak and they
are completely clean inside.
Also newer Sear wet/vacs are far superior to older ones. I got one that
actually takes a U shaped bag for dry stuff and has 3 filter stages and it
is guiet and powerful. Gave my old one away.
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