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08:42AM | 09/13/14
The cinder block basement wall has a hole near the floor that leaks when it rains or snow thaws. It seems the previous owner may have put it there for some reason (?) I have had companies come out but their fix is to put a sump pump on that wall. Isn't there a repair for cinder block??
A sump pump is good but would not fix the problem just stop me from putting down towels to catch the water.


04:48AM | 09/16/14
Member Since: 08/19/14
17 lifetime posts
1 can either waterproof when the foundation's built OR manage the leaks afterwards,,, w/o to-the-footer exterior excavation & proper waterproofing of the leaking area, you'll always have this leak,,, say you do the waterproofing but don't get rid of the water that was hitting this spot - what do you think will happen to it ? YES ! YOU are correct ! it WILL find another weak spot & start leaking again.

so we still have choices - dig outside ( mucho dinero ) OR manage inside ( still lots of dinero but usually not as mucho as outside dinero )

here's how the wtrproofing 'pitch' works - 1st you're thrown a high ext system price,,, after some haggling including picking yourself up off the floor, the 'inspector' will offer an interior solution as a MUCH lower price (french drain-sump-pump),,, that's the 2nd price so haggle more - he'll drop,,, finally show him the door & await the company's 'reval' telephone call,,, they'll have a reason for a 2nd inspection & another price,,, that's usually how these guys 'work' [ me, too, when i had the firm ]

all wtrproofing systems are based on 4 rules: 1, wtr runs downhill; 2, it takes the path of least resistance; 3, it seeks its own level; & 4, it rushes to fill a void,,, if you think of your fine bsmt as a ship's hull below the waterline, its much easier to understand the issue - GOOD LUCK !

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