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teakers

02:09AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/16/02
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My mom has been living in her house for 37 years and recently has had water leaking into the basement. She's never had a leak before and its happening only after it rains. She had a contractor come and look and he said that since the area has a recent severe drought he thought that the ground around the house had cracked and shifted. The walls don't show any water damage and he couldn't locate the exact source of the leak. He proposed a Beaver Basement Waterproof System be installed at the corner of the basement where the most water seems to be accumulating. Has anyone heard of this system and if so is it any good? any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Janice

ACD

06:56AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
Dont know about the system, but from what I have experienced in my house, I can give a few things to look for.

First check the gutters. I found that after replacing my gutters I no longer had water come into the main part of my basement. It was flowing over the old gutters and splashing over the sill into the basement.

Second check the grade, look for any low spots around where you think water is coming in. If you see any places that look washed down a bit, or you see gravel, more than likely thats where the water is getting in.

Third, take a peice of plastic and tape it down on the floor around where the water comes in and check it the next day for moisture, if you see moisture under the plastic, chances are the water is seeping in from underneath, and no matter what you do above the floor, you will always get water in until you resolve the reason for water under the slab.

If the third on is your problem you will need to hire a contractor to remove part of the slab around the perimeter of the foundation and put in a drainage system and sump pit.

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