Comment: Essentially, I need to make the basement a livable space. I though it was, until the recent rains in the midwest! Ruined my bedroom and computer office this time (this time, it was not a trickle, it was flowing well).
We have a circa-1950 home with a leaky basement. Our budget is too tight for
the obvious solution (moving!). We've tried better drainage, steeper
grading, dehumidifier, patching crakcs, french drain, but none of that helped this time around. In fact, we were surprised to find water coming in from behind all 4 finished walls. I haven't had time to find the source, been dealing with cleanup.
I believe our best choice may be to cut
channels into the concrete floor that lead water to the drain, and then
build a subfloor on a barrier that will allow the water to flow while
keeping the floor materials "floating" above the concrete surface.
There are several products that purport to do this... Delta-FL, DriCore, and OVRX Barricade. Can you give me any tips or recommendations for the most appropriate use of these different products? I can't quite seem to figure out which may be best for my needs, and I'm curious which of these productsis likely to be the best cure for wet basements like mine. In my situation, hot and cold is not an issue, yet several of these products claim to do a better job of insulation as well. Will my nice cool basement now become hotter (not desirable during Kansas summers)?
And, is there a better way? I'll entertain anything that will give me greater certainty that the water will be mostly taken care of.
Delta-FL is here
Barricade is here
Dricore is here
Thanks for any help.
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