I bought my old house about 3 years ago and it's been plagued with water in the basement ever since I bought the house. The basement had paneling on most of the walls when I bought the house so it was hard to determine where the water was coming in at. I've had about 12 estimates from different waterproofing companies wanting to charge me anywhere from 4,000 - 12,000 dollars to install the inside perimeter drain system. I personally do not like this system because I did not want anyone to disturb the soils next to my footer. I think over time the flow of the water from the drain will erode the soil under the footer and cause foundation problems. (Funny how all these waterproofing companies also specialize in foundation work) ;)
Anyway this year I have decided to do the waterproofing myself. I have completely gutted out my basement and was going to use Sani Tred to waterproof the basement but I'm afraid that over time the water will dissolve my morter and eventually come back. I do plan on finishing my basement out after waterproofing but want something that will last.
We just had a big rain last week and I have water coming in from everywhere. Two cracks in the floor where it comes up at, around the whole basement perimeter and through the walls. I had a sump pump installed in the basement floor and the water does flow into that but still comes in the cracks of the floor.
I've read on other posts here on how to install tar and Visqueen to the outside of the basement walls but what keeps the water from coming in from the cold section and the floors? (Especially since I already have a sump pump)
If anyone has any suggestions on how to fix this please post on here. I'm open to any suggestions.
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