Water in Basement

Old 05-24-04, 04:50 PM
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Water in Basement

Every time it rains a lot (these days it seems every day in the midwest), water starts seeping through the concrete floor of my 100 old house basement. I live in the City with City sewer and do not have a sump pump. I do not believe that anyone in my neighberhood has a sump pump.

Basement walls are cinder block. I have roof gutters with downspouts draining rain water away from the basement walls. I have realized that the water seeps through the concrete floor especially between a high concrete surface and the lower concrete surface of the basement. I have a 4" step in the basement.

Guys, how can this problem be attacked and hopefully taken care in an economical way and do it yourself type solution.

Old 05-25-04, 12:23 PM
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try this

Find the exact places where the water are coming from. Open them with a chisel and hammer. Now use a fast-drying hidraulic cement to close all spots.
Thats the least you should do. You can also waterproof the entire floor with hidraulic cement- by brushing 2-3 layers on everything.

Just remember, many time trying to save money on waterproofing- will cost you more afterwards. (someone might have to take all of "your" stuff away, and re-do it all).
Old 05-27-04, 11:18 AM
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If the water is that bad Id dig a hole in one end of the basement and put in a small sump pump.


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