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mentony5

08:19PM | 09/15/05
Member Since: 10/08/04
12 lifetime posts
All;

I just wanted to say that after following the directions of Licensed Waterproofer regarding our basement, his advice has really been helpful! We've solved our basement problems for just about $400.

We followed his directions to a T and so far, have not had any water enter our basement.

My husband dug down 6 feet (twice), wire n' scraped the wall (the entire wall), sealed the cracks with hydraulic cement, applied tar to the ENTIRE WALL, applied the visqueen (6 mil), and dumped almost 3 tons of pea gravel in to the area.

After lots of hours and hard work put in to the project, I think that we will finally have a dry basement this winter.

So, we advise that anyone who posts questions and receives advice from Licensed Waterproofer should print it out. It's worth reading.

Thanks again,

Tony & Andrea (seattle)

LicensedWaterproofer

04:57AM | 09/18/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
...hey thanks

yes, as long as the job is done correctly AND there are NO 'Other' direct openings 'Above' ground level then you will be dry, for decades! 'Sometimes' a homeowner can have cracks/problems in the bsmt wall AND have other above ground openings and BOTH need to be fixed correctly to be completely dry...gl!

mentony5

01:00PM | 10/08/05
Member Since: 10/08/04
12 lifetime posts
LWP -

So far, it's been raining for a few days here in seattle and our basement hasn't leaked at all. We are thinking that your advice has helped us solve our problems. We do have one small tree next to the house that we are thinking of taking out, should we? Let us know.

We don't have any other openings that water would get into, we don't think anyways. We have a few windows that are just above ground level, but we haven't seen any water around there. Can we seal around those somehow?

Thanks again,

andrea (seattle)

LicensedWaterproofer

01:40PM | 10/08/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
Hi,

well, as long as the tree(roots) arent causing any other problems(wall movement-bowing/busting up drive-sidewalk slabs etc)then i`d think its ok for now,dont you?

as for the windows, if you like you can take a hose and run/spray water agaisnt any window....1 at a time, to actually tell if they are a problem for entry or not. Have someone in the basement under each window and look closely when the water is sprayed agaisnt each window, and maybe do each window for 5-10 minutes.

if No water comes in then they are ok but if you notice any water then they are not water-tight. best of luck to ya`s!


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