If you have a basement leak, it is not only annoying, but can also cause water damage and can be unhealthy too. Keep reading to learn more about basement water proofing and find out how to stop that flooding basement.
Things You Will Need
The first step towards having success with basement water proofing is cleaning and drying the suspected areas of the basement walls and floor where the water is entering. Clean the area with a wire brush and remove all debris from the floor. Getting the area clean and dry is important in helping you spot the leak. Pinpointing the leaks is a necessary part of the process so you can concentrate on those area's during the repair procedure. Once it is dry then during the next rain event is when you want to inspect the area closely for water seeping into the basement. Marking these area's will help during repair.
Once you have the leaking areas pinpointed you can begin the repair process. The best that I have found that works great to stop these leaks is called Drylok Fast Plug. It is a powder that mixes at a 3 to 1 ratio with water. You have to be prepared to spread it fairly quickly because it will set up in 3 to 5 minutes so you have no time to wonder or think about it. You have to mix it and spread it fast. I think it is best to have the area dry but already marked where the water was entering. This way you can watch it during the next rain and easily tell where, if any, leaks are still there.
If you still spot some leaks you can mix this stuff and spread right on the leak area. It will still set up when it is wet. I wouldn't mix any more than you can spread quickly. I usually mixed about 6 scoops of powder to 2 scoops of water and that made enough to cover some area but not too much that you can't get it all spread before it sets up. Just repeat this process of watching for leaks and then mixing and spreading until you finally have that elusive dry basement.
Preparation of the area and observation during a rain are important in pinpointing the problem areas. Those areas are what you want to concentrate on covering with the cement. It may take more than one time of mixing and spreading it before you have all the leaks stopped.
Tips & Warnings
Having the area clean is very important before applying the cement.