08:09AM | 03/30/05
Member Since: 03/29/05
6 lifetime posts
I live in a 50 + year old home. I desperately want to turn half of the basement into a play area for the kids but the leaking, though not a bad leak, really bothers me. It seeps. I started scraping the old paint off the walls and the concrete blocks have turned brown in some areas. It almost looks like they are rotting in one corner of the basement. I was thinking about using Peel Away to get the paint off. Then going over the walls with XYPEX which is supposed to penetrate deep into the blocks and then use FAST PLUG (hydraulic cement) for the seepage between the walls and the floors. Finally I was going to paint the walls with Dry Lok. Will this be effective in permanently sealing my walls? How much would it typically cost to replace the basement walls entirely? How do I get THIS OLD HOUSE to fix my basement for free?


08:52AM | 03/30/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
" How do I get THIS OLD HOUSE to fix my basement for free?"

LOL, that would be a first. As far as the basement is concerned, your problem, and solution, starts outside. Fixes range from something as simple as regrading and directing surface water away from the wall, to the extreme measures of excavating the foundation, installing drains, waterproofing membrane and installing proper backfill.

The best way to approach this is to have someone knowledgeable in foundations and soils assess the cause of the problem, and recommend a solution appropriate to your home. My guess is that you are in an area of poorly drained clay soils, and are experiencing a seasonal wetness or high groundwater. If drainage was ever installed around your foundation, it has been sealed off and is no longer functional. The real fix is to eliminate the external water pressure, not trying to paint the interior wall.


09:17AM | 03/30/05
Member Since: 03/29/05
6 lifetime posts
I bought the house from an elderly widow so I'm thinking maybe the gutters are clogged up. The grade looks OK. There is a one gutter that eventually leads into a pipe in the ground, but I'm not sure where the pipe goes to; maybe it's clogged? In the basement there are gutters going around the bottom and there are 2 small holes (penney size)in one side of the basement where there is a hose from the Central Air going to. I've poured water down these holes and it goes somewhere, but I'm not sure where. Where would that water be going? What exactly is a french drain? Do french drains only remove water that has entered the home or do they remove water before it gets into the house?
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