Looking For A Quick Fix

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  1. Von Jones

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    I've mentioned before in another thread that water has been coming in my basement when it rains for a long period of time or just plain hard. @Yvonne Smith suggested getting a wet vac and I found a 10 gallon ($5) one at the flea market. Now I'm looking for a quick fix to stop the rain from entering the east side of the house. I've done my homework and getting it done professionally is too expensive and every YouTube video has fallen into that category as well.

    I'm good at improvising. Here are a couple of ideas I had for quick fixes.

    Dig a trench and just fill it with cement. I started the trench then had second thoughts - Maybe there is another way. Then thought of this -

    Secure an awning that would direct the rain away from the house.

    Pros and cons with each option. I'll be at Lowes when the doors open in the morning.
     
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    Depending on how severe the problem is, sometimes the expensive way ( professional ) is cheaper in the long run.

    Per the 10 gallon vac, do you have a way to empty it wen it gets full?
     
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    I have no suggestions at all Von, but I absolutely feel for you having to deal with that horrible situation.

    @Bobby Cole , @Frank Sanoica , and most of the guys on here seem to know their way around house repairs and maintenance so hopefully someone will have suggestions for you to get it repaired once and for all... I wish you very Good luck, !!
     
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    If I may.....more details.
    How long has the water been coming in?
    Is the water coming from one area or are all the walls in the basement wet?
    How old is the house?
     
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    If you have gutters on the roof I would suggest a longer pipe on the downspout to take the water away from the house.

    Another thought might be a heavy plastic or rubber mat sloping away from the side of the house covered with stone chips or mulch.

    Good luck!

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    Yeah before it gets too full that I can't lift it.:D
     
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    @Von Jones, do you have a picture of that side of the house, so we could see how the ground slopes? (I'm assuming you already have gutters.)

    I have the same problem at my house, but it only happens with a heavy rain after the ground is already saturated, not too often. :rolleyes:
     
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  8. Martin Alonzo

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    Is it only after rain or does it come in all the time. What is the water table in your area. If it is only when it rains it is only a problem of moving the water from the roof farther from your house. If the water table is high in your area you will have to dig down around the house and seal the cement from the outside as all sealing from the inside fails in time. the old homes that had that problem would put in a sump pump and just get rid of the water.
    Have fun
     
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    It only happens when there is constant rain as in days and heavy rainfall. You're right about sealing on the inside. It worked for a while but I only put one coat - too strong of a smell throughout the house that lasted for a while. It's an old house (1920s). It was worst before sealing the inside though.
     
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    Was really bad when we first purchased the house in 2000. The owner noted that it was because of the neighbor's house which the gutters are pretty bad but after observing I couldn't agree with that because of the distance between the houses. I thought I would see flooding or big puddles of water but never did.

    The water enters only through one wall specifically in four areas but after I removed a bush and poured cement in the area it's three where water comes in.

    The house was built in the 1920s I think 1923.
     
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    Being a two story home it would be difficult as well as expensive to extend the overhang but fortunately there is a wooden trim around the lower level which is where I will attempt to do that.

    DIY home repair project Sept 2018 007.jpg
    What is shown is a piece of gutter I use to cover the trench I dug when I first began to tackle the problem.
     
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    Okay so I walked around in the building materials at Lowes to see what I could find and I found this. It is used for gutters but I'm using it for this project. A couple of pennies short of $4 each fit my budget too.

    I placed a piece against the trim to see how far it extended and it was enough to cover the trench so I was pleased.

    I have my supply of Pepsi, the weather today is gorgeous and I'm ready to get to work.
    DIY home repair project Sept 2018 cont 002.jpg
     
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    if you have an eaves trough system on your house you could take the down spout into a hose/pipe out to the street
     
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    Here is my drinking water supply it is a 4 inch GetAttachmentThumbnail.jpg plastic pipe cut in half used wire to keep it in place and it runs to a tank maybe it will give you some ideas
     
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    Just gutters that run downward from the top of the house.
     
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    I assume the house on the right is your neighbor, and the property line is about in the middle? I think your idea of a ditch was good.

    I would go as far from the house as the property line allows, dig a ditch, and try to slope the ground down from the house toward the ditch. Maybe pour a concrete strip or skirt out from the house like the neighbor's sidewalk and paint it. But that's an awful lot of work.

    Just a thought, because I've been thinking about doing something like that with the front of my house, but mine may be something more complicated (like hollow places from old scrap lumber buried near the foundation).

    Good luck with whatever you try. Trouble is it might take months to find out if it works. lol.
     
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    I wish there was a way that I could ban my wife from this thread. You guys are way too ambitious, and I don't want to give her the idea that I should be doing something around the house.
     
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    You'll want to get it done asap with winter drawing in too as well Von...
     
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    I really believe @Martin Alonzo was pretty much on the right track here.
    Directing water away from the house is going to help and so will placing a parapet of sorts next to the house but still, it’s a temp fix.

    When Martin said you guys need to dig down the exterior wall and seal it, I really believe it would be a tad more permanent and cost worthy. Sealing from the inside is good and needs to be done again, but the cells of the walls still fill up with water and wait for a way to get it.
    If you can get someone to dig down just beyond the saturation point (perhaps 2 or 3 feet) and then double seal the wall, fill it back in and hard pack the dirt and then add the parapet, I think the majority of your troubles will be over.
    The digging doesn’t have to be a Grand Canyon type of thing but just wide enough to get you roller, spray gun or brush in there to do the job.
     
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    Yeah, I have to be on the roof today............
     
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    Be careful, @Bobby Cole. My troubles started with my wife saying, "Since you have the ladder out, why don't you clean the chimney?" My life will never be the same....
     
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    @Bobby Cole I do have someone in mind but unfortunately he is now taking care of his parents and it's difficult for him to get away hence the need for a quick fix.
     
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    How far do you have to go to empty it? I'm assuming its on wheels, so that would mean you have to carry it somewhere wheels can't go.
     
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  25. Neville Telen

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    Sounds like the sealant was the way to go. Ask at Lowes, Home Depot, etc., if any are 'low fume' or which has the least odor. Its like paint, some brands smell worse than others. Here's some I found online:
    https://sanitred.com/shop/sample-pack/quart-sample-pack/
    http://waterproof.com/basement-waterproofing-products/
    https://www.radonseal.com/basement-waterproofing.htm
    Use Google search terms 'diy interior basement waterproofing products' for more choices.
     
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