05:58PM | 08/09/09
Member Since: 08/08/09
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I purchased a home two years ago, and I've had water intrusion directly after heavy rain (several days of rain that resulted in heavily saturated ground). I actually watched the water come in at the base of walls right on top of the floor and I see efflorescence on concrete blocks in garage. I know that I need to dig to foundation to do it right...but, I'm awfully attached to my landscape. Going to try new gutters and french drains first. Is that futile? What are the best materials to waterproof the exterior? Does anyone know competent waterproofers in the Chattanooga area? Any advice/info to ease my worried mind?


07:40PM | 12/15/14
What is happening after several days of rain is the water table is actually raising and hydrostatic pressure is forcing the water into paths of least resistance. The easiest way to fix this is to do a perimeter drain on the inside of your basement and run this into a sump area where a sump pump can discharge the water away from the house hopefully on a downhill side. I would contact a basement waterproofing company that specializes in this type of repair. Hope this helps.

David Deaton, President Deaton Builder's, Inc.
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