Re: Seal foundation at sidewalk?
I inhabit a small brick bungalow, built in 1954, poured-concrete
foundation, about 800 square feet. The front of the house
On the east side of the house they poured a small sidewalk
which butts against the foundation. When I bought the
house the juncture of the sidewalk and foundation was
"sealed" with hideous black gook.
I found that the gook weathered pretty quickly. Water
entered the basement thru cracks. For years I've been
re-sealing the juncture by applying more hideous black
gook (i.e. plastic roof cement from a caulk gun,
Gardner non-fibered foundation and roof coating with
a brush) 3-4 times a year.
Is this a 'gator that others have wrestled with? Is
there a better way (for little $)? Failing that, are
there foundation/roof sealers that last a long time?
The Gardner stuff doesn't seem to hold up very long.
It sounds like the walk slants toward the foundation, or at least is
flat. This is a no no. It must slop away from the home to direct water
away. Sorry to say this, but the only real fix is to replace the walk or
hope the mud jackers can adjust it.
Thanks. Such caulk might be very good for the occasional
sizable depression/break in the hideous black gook.
But mostly I need something that I can apply with brush or
trowel over the old gook (maybe 10 square feetof coverage).
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