Walkout basement leak


Old 06-29-01, 05:34 AM
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This past winter, I had a problem with melting snow and also rain water seeping between the concrete slab and wood threshold of the door to my walkout basement. It completely soaked my brand new wall to wall carpet. I do plan to regrade outside the door and probably install a french drain to take water away. I'd like to know the best way to seal the crack between the slab and threshold. My guess is that it was installed incorrectly, without a waterstop, when the house was built in 1965. But maybe they didn't do that back then. On inspection the gap is quite big and irregular. Is caulking good enough? If so what kind? Butyl rubber? Is there a way to install a water stop without major rebuilding of door frame? (Ditto for the full length fixed glass window next to it.)

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Old 07-11-01, 02:48 PM
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