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"I want help waterproofing a basement"

I live in a converted old farmhouse. There are cracks in my foundation which need repair to stop the water from leaking in. Need to stop thee flooding and damage.

wanted by: clem (28) in Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819 +
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 8:28 p.m. (7 years, 1 month ago)
posted on: March 4, 2011, 2:35 p.m. (8 years, 8 months ago)
tags: basement basement flooding flooding water water damage
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Repairing a basement wall crack: My story

I've had two homes which had a basement foundation crack which let in ground water and flooded my basement.

I also have a friend who had cracks in her concrete basement floor where water would bubble up like the Beverly Hillbillies "Texas tea" every time there was a big rainstorm.

In my first case, I came downstairs into our finished basement (office, TV watching area, exercise setup, storage) and the carpet at the base of the stairs was soaked through. I though someone had spilled something, because I couldn't see any source of water.

I pulled back the carpet and carpet pad and the concrete floor was soaking wet, but I still didn't see the source of water. There was no plumbing near that area and no water catastrophically spraying everywhere.

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When I listened closely, however, I could hear what sounded like a far-off babbling brook. Had I not been in my finished basement, I might have considered it a lovely sound. To me, it seemed like this sound was coming from behind the wide-board, pine-wood paneling at the bottom of the stairs.

After debating with myself for a good 15 minutes about whether to take the plunge and pull off the boards, I finally did it and saw a large crack in my concrete foundation wall with water streaming down it (behind the wood boards) and down to the carpet.

We had a foundation crack repair service come out and they pressure injected some sort of epoxy into the cracks which sealed them up tight. They also guaranteed that the crack would not leak again for at least 10 years and for the remaining 5 years we lived in the house, it didn't.

I was able to piece the wall back together (replacing the pine boards with drywall), was able to dry the carpet and pad, and all was back to normal despite many man-hours lost.

The best part, since this was a townhouse, the homeowner's association took responsibility for the $750 cost of the crack repair! Unfortunately, the wall restoration was on my own dime.

comment Your's is a common story (less someone else paying for it)! The unfortunate truth is that a basement flood is never convenient and never easy to deal with. Just another joy of home ownership! - bigben 8 years, 8 months ago
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