Basement Renos Part 2: Waterproofing

Project by Manitario posted 09-10-2010 04:28 AM 2505 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After much debate, I decided on getting a commercial company to do the waterproofing for the basement. I researched a lot of the different coatings and membranes that I could apply to the inner walls and realized that for the amount of work that it would be, and my complete lack of experience, it would be better off paying someone to do it right. The company cut a channel along the foundation wall and put in a track that drained to a new, deeper sump pit; as well put a plastic-like covering on the basement walls that in theory would funnel any seepage into the new channel. I also considered the option of having the waterproofing done the traditional way; from the outside, but due to a large deck and front/back porch this would not have been easily feasible.
As for the water-proofness; so far so good; no leaks through a winter and some heavy rainfalls. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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posted 11-06-2010 03:11 AM

this method works well in wisconsin.

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posted 11-13-2010 05:19 PM

All I can say is: “Stay dry”.

Be well, Pb.

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posted 03-23-2011 02:37 AM

As a follow-up to this post; it’s now been about 1 1/2y since I had the basement “water-proofed” and so far it has been dry. I was skeptical of this method of waterproofing from the inside, but it has turned out cheaper and easier than digging around the outside of the foundation. Have not experienced the torrential downpour that initially flooded the basement (almost 30 inches of rain in 8 hours) and I also worked pretty hard on the outside making sure that the property was graded properly, but whereas a lot of other basements flooded this spring with the snow melt, mine stayed dry. So far.

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