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I have a basement that we need to redo, not liveable.. but storage.. want to seal the concrete walls and floors, any ideas and suggestions?
 



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UGL Drylock does wonders. I did the basement in our old house with it and it stayed dry. I even used it to seal up a "ceement pond" we had in the back yard, and that held water without leaking.

It's a really good product. There are several variants, but I've found the Drylock Extreme works the best.

http://www.drylok.com/formulas/
 






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If you have wet basement problems make sure you have good drainage around the foundation. Gutters and down spouts should that discharge away from the foundation.

If the problem is really bad, you will need a groundwater collection system and sump pump.
 






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Yeah we are in a 100 year food plain. We get 6 inches to 8 inches of water. We are installing a sump pump but wanting to deal the walls and floor as well. It's a old I mean old basement. Someone used interior paint on 2 of the walls.
 






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UGL Drylock does wonders. I did the basement in our old house with it and it stayed dry. I even used it to seal up a "ceement pond" we had in the back yard, and that held water without leaking.

It's a really good product. There are several variants, but I've found the Drylock Extreme works the best.

http://www.drylok.com/formulas/

Did the same with my basement. Whenever I feel like refreshing the white paint, I would just apply more. I must have 4 heavy coats on it now. Good stuff.

Recently though, water has been seeping in, not from the walls but from the floor.
 






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Is the cement around the outside of the house pitched away from the house? Are the gutters & leaders leaking? It might be a good idea to use the new design mold free sheetrock that's a purple color. It has some sort of fiber material instead of paper. They recently came out a with new version that's lighter, sound blocking, and mold resistant (but it's not cheap). A dehumidifier with a vent hose that goes outside is a good idea for damp basements. Do you have regular drains for rain outside or drains going into the ground (where water could get into the foundation)?
 






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our problem specifically is we live in the flood plain, we have an underground river.. all my slopping is correct along with gutters cleaned etc. im thinking of using that url extreme for the walls and a poxy for the floor. hopefully between those and a sump pump itll cut down amount of water in basement during the floods.
 






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wouldnt surprise be about the sink hole. im not sure where it is or if its as bad as they say, ive lived here for years and only 4 times it flooded is cause of the main river not the underground river
 






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If you have the topography (slope), you could install a groundwater collection/diversion system outside around the foundation.

The epoxy concrete coating will be you best chance of waterproofing on the interior. There are some water based coatings, but I prefere the epoxy.
I would only apply during dry periord. Concrete supply companies carry them.

An internet search will show you the available products including application rates and techniques.



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I seen that Lowes had epoxy concrete/floor sealer. Is the one where you sprinkle paint chips. Yeah we are waiting till dry time cause I saw the ur extreme said put on when it hasn't rained in 24 hours and won't rain for another 48 after applying. I guess I have to etch? to cause there is some lyme deposits. I thought about after 2 coats on Wall of the extreme stuff to get cement paint and paint it. Just don't like the look off all white on walls.
 






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well i found a diy extreme commercial grade epoxy for the floor.. hopefully soon as it starts to warm up ill be doing those.

going to use the extreme lock on the walls..

my sloping is away from the house, the gutters are clear, but I think i found one of the inground gutter lines to be clogged (or frozen cause its still only 10*f here) so when get warmer going to look at that as well.

the underground creek is over 300 ft from house.
 






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best way is give it an out,, dig a French Drain that leads away , and is deeper than the bottom of the floor,
water goes down, and if the french drain is there, it will go out that first, instead of backing up,, lead it away from the house , and have it get deeper as it gets further away,
 






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