07:37AM | 05/12/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
3 lifetime posts
When my husband and I moved into our house last summer, the inspector told us what we would have to do to keep the basement dry and what he told us was to make sure all the ground around the foundation sloped down away from the foundation, get new window wells and cauk the space between the driveway and the foundation. We felt that we had more important things to tend to concerning the basement, such as getting a drain tile system and sump pump (we had an indoor swimming pool in the basement everytime it rained) and putting in new windows. How important is it to cauk the space between the driveway and the foundation? Is this a job that we can do ourselves easily (we are not very handy)or should we hire someone to do it? If we can do it ourselves, what is the best and easiest product to use for the job and how do you use it? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


07:52PM | 05/18/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
Polyurethene caulks are made for concrete and water situations. Buy from a yard that caters to builders or masons where there will be someone who knows their product instead of HD where they have a teeny bopper in every aisle.

But when you decided to install the sump pump without grading the soil to drain away from the house is like mopping up the water from an overflowing sink while neglecting to turn the faucet off. Get that surface water away from the house BEFORE it gets into the ground where it will find a way in.

The perimeter drain is highly important too.

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