sealing a basement

Old 02-25-01, 12:23 PM
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i've always been told no such thing as a stupid question, but here we go. I want to reseal my basement, now my questions, is this something I can do myself, and also, when its being done, is it done on the inside of the basement or the outside?

I don't know that much about basements :-)
Old 02-25-01, 05:51 PM
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What do you want to seal it against? Water and radon come to mind.

Water is very persistant. If it collects outside your foundation, it want to get in in the worst way.

A lot depends on how bad the problem is.

Sealing on the inside only works against the wimpiest water. Sealing on the outside is better, but will not stop determined water. A real solution requires that you either not allow the water to get there in the first place (e.g., gutters and appropriate grading and landscaping), or drain it away if it does ge there (usually a french drain around the perimeter of the foundation).

If you have a serious problem, consult a pro.
Old 02-26-01, 04:05 AM
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mostly against water. its not a bad leak, just minor leak. i have already started to reroute all of the gutter drains. but i just wanted to see what else i could do before i anything in the basement. because there always is that small chance that something might happen

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