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Question DetailsAsked on 6/24/2016

i have a walkout basement, the concreat wass on the side wall is always wet, what I can do about it?

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If you mean all walls in the basement escept possibly walkout side (which may be warmer than the others), possibly an excessive basement humidity issue.

If you mean not all walls surrounded by dirt:

1) find the source of the water - pipe leakage, roof runoff, surface drainage not controlled to stay away from the foundation, seepage from septic/leach field, high groundwater.

2) eliminate or divert the source of the water if possible by fixing any leaks, with gutters and downspouts, sloping away from the house, surface swales or diversion bearms or ditches, etc

3) if cannot be diverted (groundwater), dig along foundation to the base of foundation and install french drain system draining to surface exit point (or in unsuitable topography sometimes a wetwell with sump pump to pump the water to suitable disposal point well away from house) and waterproof the basement wall on the outside

There are a lot of previous similar questions with answers in the Home > Basement Waterproofing link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

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