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Question DetailsAsked on 9/25/2011

Should I use a professional to dryLock the outside walls of the basement? What is a good price to look for?

Pretty simple - do I use a willing teen to yock the basement or go with a professional who may be more able to highlight problem area's and wouldn't the professional know it the wall should be vaccumed or swept b/4 application?

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Use a professional that offers a long warranty. They will make sure the wall is clean enough for bonding and the materials they use are far better than you can get at a local home store. Nothing worse or harder to fix than a leaking basement.

Answered 9 years ago by lake residential ser


The first step to preventing water infiltration through foundation walls is to make sure that the grade around the perimeter of your home drains the water away from the home and not towards it.
The dirt around the perimeter of a home almost always settles over the years creating a situation where the water drains towards the house. The simple fix is to simply dump more dirt around the perimeter of the home, compact it, and make sure it slopes away from the home.
Also, make sure any downspouts you have dump the water in a place where it will drain away from the home and not back towards it. Add elbows or extensions as needed to make sure it does so.

Do you need a professional to damp proof your foundation walls? Not necessarily. You could hire a lot of other people who would do it much cheaper. Some may even have all the skills to do the job properly, but there are risks associated with hiring a non-professional to do this work. If there's a cave-in and somebody gets hurt, then you could have bigger troubles than a leaky basement!

Before you go through the trouble of digging up your foundation, make sure you have addressed any grading or downspout troubles. It may end up saving you thousands of dollars!

Source: J. G. Hamm Construction - Ypsilanti, Michigan

Answered 9 years ago by JGHamm

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