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bdlast

09:28AM | 11/20/04
Member Since: 11/19/04
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I have noticed a small amount of water in the rear corner of bedroom. It appears to be seepage from recent flooding due to hurricanes.

We want to try and seal the exterior of the foundation, but I am not sure about the footer. Before I dig myself to death, I am wondering how far down do you need to apply the sealer? Down to the footer or should the footer be sealed as well?

This is a 25 year old single story house with no basement. There is aprx 6-8" of exposed concrete above ground. There is aprx 8-10" of burried foundation before you hit the footers.

I can't be sure where the seepage is, but we had gotten 20" of rain in 2 days so I believe the seepage is occurring near ground level.

Below is link to photo of the rear corner of foundation:

http://www.geocities.com/bdlast/foundation.jpg

Second question is what brand of masonry sealer is best? I had heard Dry Lock, but I hope someone might know what is best.

Thanks for any suggestions or help!

k2

09:35AM | 11/20/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Greedings bdlast,

Just my two cents here...

You sound fairly sure that it's seepage. But before you dig (as you say) yourself to death....are you SURE it's not coming from the roof or somewhere else? Water has ways of fooling you.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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bdlast

09:52AM | 11/20/04
Member Since: 11/19/04
3 lifetime posts
We're pretty sure its the foundation as we cannot detect any water dmg to the walls, celing or in the attic.

The only water dmg is the bottom of the baseboards and carpet.

During the hurricans, we had about 4" of standing water at the foundation (re-grade of the yard is next project). We have had rain since the hurricanes, but no further water intrusion.

Thanks for the help

Glenn Good

05:30AM | 12/04/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
320 lifetime posts
Bituthene® System 4000 (below grade)

This is a rubberized membrane I use on construction projects all the time. It is easy to use and works extremely well.

http://www.na.graceconstruction.com/waterproofing/download/BIT-220B_2.pdf

Glenn

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Glenn Good

05:33AM | 12/04/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
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Take the waterproofing down at least to the top of footer and cover the top of the footer as well.

Glenn

Moderator: Construction Systems, Foundations, and Masonry & Stone

For more information about me and/or my qualifications please visit my website at:

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bdlast

02:00PM | 12/04/04
Member Since: 11/19/04
3 lifetime posts
Glenn,

Thanks for the info.

-Brian
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