Stopping a small leak from the outside into our basement

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Old 05-04-12, 10:12 AM
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Stopping a small leak from the outside into our basement

Can we put a level of dirt, plastic, and finally rock next to our foundation to stop a small leak? We have already put seamless gutters and downspouts but that has not stopped this problem?? We want the simplest way of doing this please. Also, we have put dri-lock on the walls inside and have read this is not a good way to go why is that? Thanks!
 
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Welcome to the forums.

Your solution should work if the plastic pitches away from the house - you're trying to keep the water from ever getting near the foundation.

Drylock is an attempt to stop the water once it's already 90% of the way in.
 
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How far do your downspouts route the water away from the house?
 
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not a good way to go why is that
Water can only be STOPPED from the outside and not by putting plastic down on the ground. The water enters due to hydraulic pressure from the outside. The wall needs excavation, cleaning, application of proper waterproofing properites (tar, membranes, etc) and a method of weeping the water away from the foundation, prior to backfill. Now, that is expensive, but it answers your question.
 
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Re: (Small leak)

Thanks for the info, however we do not feel we need to do the backfill etc., this is a very slight leak, nothing major. The downspouts are a very long distance from the house, ? 5-6 ft., and point downward from the house, drainage is good.
Was it wrong for us to use the drilock? Do we need to remove it? Thanks
 
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No need to remove the drylok. It is always best to do the waterproofing on the exterior. Drylok is great as a back up but many think of it as a miracle cure which it is not.
 
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If this is one small leak, you should be investigating where the water is coming in and plugging that hole.
 
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