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benvg

03:59AM | 03/28/02
Member Since: 03/17/01
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My duplex condo shares the basement with my nabors, separated by a plasterboard wall.
My nabors had recently several mishaps in flooding the basement, which subsequently flooded my site. Instead of cementing a 30 ft. long cylinderblock barrier as a protection, I wonder if no product exist, like a "snake" with a few inches diameter, which can be glued onto the concrete basement floor. (I got the idea from containment bariers used in open waters to contain leaking oil fom a ship to spead.)
With thanks

GlennG

09:51AM | 03/28/02
I am not aware of any such product. Even so, what you are trying to do is entirely different than trying to contain oil floating on water. Containing the water in this way will not solve all your problems. The water is going to eventually damage the drywall (by wicking up into it) and the wood framing could also be affected if the water continues to get under it. If the wood framing has a treated sill plate the framing may not be in jeopardy.

You could cut and remove the drywall 1” off the floor. Then use a good quality caulk (I would recommend urethane) to fill in the 1” space, and then cover the caulk with 4” rubber cove base. (It would help if this were done on your neighbor’s side of the wall also.

This will only work for minor flooding less than 1” deep and is not the best way to solve the problem. To solve the problem for deeper water, as well as being the best fix, you should remove the wall and replace it with masonry.

[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited March 28, 2002).]

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