COMMUNITY FORUM

Engloid

06:28PM | 11/01/06
Member Since: 10/31/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
Background:

My basement will sometimes flood when we get a lot of rain for several days. It's basically just enough to soak the carpet badly, but never gets over the carpet. The French drain on the outside of the foundation has been clogged for years. Due to having a shed and deck on the back of the house, digging it up isn't an option at this time. I probably won't live in this house for much longer anyway.

I am tired of hassling with drying carpet. I am ready to pull it all up and put down ceramic tile. At least I can use a squeege to move the water out then.

I suspect that the water may be building under the foundation and then rising up where it comes in between the floor and block wall, along the back side of the house. That said, I wonder if I should put tile on all the floor but about 1/2" along that back wall. Maybe it would act as a channel to hold water and move it to the end, where I can "drain" it out to level ground. This channel would then be hidden by a baseboard. Keep in mind that this is such a slow progression of water that I havn't located it yet, so it's not large amounts of water in a short period of time.

I have done some ceramic tile recently, on wood floors. I used Hardibacker for it, and it turned out great. Is it reccomended to use hardibacker on concrete floors? If I do as I mention above, will the backer board absorb moisture and buckle up like wood, or cause other problems? Would I just be best to tile all the way to the edges of the floor and hope that the water comes up on top of the tile, rather than seep under it?

In short, I plan to sell this house within 2 years, so I don't want to spend the $4000 that it would take to fix the drain as it really should be. Tile offers me a way to help control the problem, as well as increase the value of the property.

Any advice will be appreciated.

flooringworldDOTorg

08:47AM | 12/02/06
Member Since: 10/28/05
312 lifetime posts
you do not need to use a backer board ... just latex modified mortar and the tile.

Be careful ... under law, you need to dsclose the water problems in taht basements to any prospective buyer and retail agents, under criminal and civil penalties for non-diclosure.

What I would do is make a trench with brick or small cinderblocks around the area perimeter, then coat them with penetrating sealers

http://obscurity.ws/search.php?query=penetrating+masonry+sealer

then apply one or two a coat of Super Thoroseal Masonry Block Sealer to the brick or small cinder blocks.

http://obscurity.ws/search.php?query=thoroseal

This creates a trench for all water from the walls.

Then install the ceramic tile with latex modified mortar

Although you shudlnt use backer boards you can use a waterproofing, uncoupling, and vapor pressure equalization membrane such as schluter ditra

http://obscurity.ws/search.php?query=schluter+ditra

.

_____________________________________________

There are two ways to do any job. The right way and the wrong way. Do it right everytime.

_____________________________________________

http://flooringworld.org/

_____________________________________________
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2