Basement Sump Pumps
The water is pumped out from below the surface. When the ground is saturated, water can not drain any other way except into the
basement. “Lock-Tight” seal coating may help, but it has to be done thoroughly (walls and floors) and still
there is no guarantee.
The sump-pump system requires a corner where the floor is dug down and the unit is installed. Then, piping to a good drain
and an electrical circuit.
The system operates automatically.
Approx. cost - $1,000.00.
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Waterproofing for a Finished Basement. Preventing basement flood water (a flooded basement during or after a heavy rain fall),
Know about an improper gutter system or exterior grade conditions. Basement wall cracks and damages.
Damp conditions and seepage water through the foundation The cost and job details of a complete French Drain
Waterproofing System. A simple solution - sump pump system.
Do - it - yourself masonry sealer, moisture and dampness.
Basement Flood Water and Seepage, Foundation Structural Problems, Moisture and Dampness.
The most common cause of basement flood water is a failing or improper gutter system. Water falling on
your roof will always try to find its' way to your basement. The "grade" conditions around the property are the next most common problem.
To prevent further damages to the walls and floors, it is important to identify the source(s) before making any repairs. Minor water
seepage water that flows in through cracks and holes around your foundation can be addressed easily from the inside. Basement flooding
can not be cured from the inside. Your first priority is to create an efficient water path away from the basement via gutters, and/or
grade renovations. If this can not be accomplished a waterproofing system can be installed to pump water out of your basement as it
enters using a stone drain and sump pump system. An expert waterproofer should be called into the situation before trying this.
To control minor seepage, a masonry sealer and paint is usually good enough. If you have
frequent seepage, seal the openings, then resurface the walls with a concrete coating (see below). If seepage continues, contact
a foundation specialist to help you.
Waterproof masonry sealer can come in a variety of
products. Some are sold in powder form and contain cement. These products must be mixed with water and applied to damp walls. Others
are liquid and ready to use. Start by cleaning the surface with a wire brush, then rinse the walls clean with water and a sponge. Apply
sealer to damp walls with a stiff-bristled paintbrush, making sure to cover the surface completely. After that coat dries, apply another
coat, making sure the sealer coverage is even and complete
Concrete Coating -
Preparation is Important. To protect walls with a concrete/cement coating, you should
fill any cracks or holes bigger than 1/8". For sealing small holes and cracks, try using a latex masonry caulk first. For bigger holes,
use a latex bonding agent and a concrete patch product to make the repair. For bigger cracks, use a pourable crack filler or
fortified patching cement.
Remove loose masonry from the crack with a masonry chisel and a wire brush and clean all dust and debris.
(a hand vacuum works best).
Concrete Coating -
Mix your surface coating by combining 1 part cement with 2 1/2 parts moist, loose mortar
sand. Add water until it looks like a stiff plaster. Before applying, scrub walls with a wire brush and rinse with water and a sponge.
While walls are still wet, apply a one-quarter inch thick coating of the mixture to the walls with a trowel. Let it dry a little, then
scratch the surface with the teeth on a paint roller cleaning tool. After 24 hours, apply a second coat. Wait another 24 hours then
mist the wall with water twice a day for three days.
Basement foundation cracks are always a concern.
Large fractures and cracks that continue to expand over time are signs of a major structural problem. To figure if a foundation crack
is stable, you have to monitor it over the course of several months, mostly over the fall and spring seasons. Draw marks across the
crack at different points, noting length as well as its width at the widest gaps. If the crack moves more than 1/16", consult a
building engineer or foundation specialist.
To repair a stable crack, use a cold chisel to widen it. Make a backward-angled cut, called a "keyhole"
cut that's wider at the base than the surface and no more than ½" deep. Clean out the crack with a wire brush.
Fill the crack with expanding insulating foam to help seal against moisture.
Mix hydraulic cement according to manufacturer's instructions, then trowel it into the crack, working from bottom to top. Apply cement
in layers no more than ½" thick, until the patch is slightly higher than surrounding area. Lightly go over cement with trowel until
it's even with the surface and let it dry thoroughly.
Basement moisture and dampness are commonly caused by a lack of fresh air. Condensation usually occurs in more often in the
summer months because the air has more moisture in it and it condenses on the cooler foundation walls. Another cause can be from an
improperly vented clothes dryer. Check and adjust the dryer vent connection for an efficient flow to the outside. In most cases a
dehumidifier is the only sure way to get rid of condensation.
Basement Foundation Seepage.
The exterior perimeter of the property is the first priority to address.
50% of the problem is due to a perimeter flaw. If water enters from below the surface no amount of exterior work will solve the problem.
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