That's because the only answer to your problem IS obvious! In the
future, if you want helpful advice, ask for it, and you will get it
just as you have in this case. If you want to hear fairy tales, go to
the children's library at story hour.
I see at least two mentions of hydraulic cement in the various replies to
your question. If the water's rushing in fast enough, the cement might not
have time to set, but it comes in small boxes, so if it fails, you're out
five or ten bucks.
If you want a brand name for the cement, don't hold your breath. I doubt
many people have to use the product more than once in a lifetime. Nobody
will remember specifics.
Don't take it personal! You are right, you asked about a quick fix for an
age old problem. As you can probably tell, most of us that have dealt with
similar situations realize that there is no quick fix - or permanent on for
that matter. Gutters get clogged, and depending on where you live, several
times a year. If you have a water problem, you need to get to the source of
the water and stop it.
A) get the gutters cleaned and keep them cleaned. As you say, that's not
always easy to do, and just like the rest of the roof, you only need it when
it rains, and that's when it's the most difficult to deal with the problem!
B) Gutter guards, toppers, and all the other strange products to come along
are marginal at best, some introduce more problems (ice dams, gutter
failure, increased work just to clean them when stuff does get in the
gutter, which it will). So be careful using THIS as a quick or permanent
C) Landscaping and grading - you mention that the ground slopes (posing a
ladder slipping problem), but does the grade right at the house slope away
from the foundation. Many times it does not - after a few years the
backfill following the house's construction sinks, causing the ground a few
feet from the house to actually slope towards the house. Correct this and
you might find your problem is solved.
D) Foundation cracks - they are pretty much a fact of life, and small ones
are rarely much problem. If the water is there it's going to find a way in
even if there is no crack - it's called seepage. But if the crack is large,
fill it with something that is recommended for concrete repair (a Google
seach will probably return some products, and the helpful guys at Lowes will
surely have something they can recommend).
E) Remember - a basement is nothing more than a swiming pool with a house on
top. If you live in a wet enough area, you are probably going to be cursed
with it for as long as you live there.
Good luck, and please use the group again for problems, There will always be
someone out here that has had a similar problem they've solved, just as
there will always be jokers to poke fun at your question. Everyone was a
novice at one point, they just forget the help THEY received (probably back
in the day when they didn't have the Web to waste their time on!
I bought this for a hairline crack in our basement wall that occasionally
lets in a small puddle of water during a heavy rain. Haven't had a chance
to apply it yet and test it out:
Figured it was worth a gamble at only $40. If you try it let us know how
it works out.
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