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Old 10-25-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Water Sealer for rube-goldberg project


hi all -- first time posting on this part of DYI sorry for the long post I just wanbt to make sure it is clear what I am asking!

I have a 110 yr old house "rubble" foundation and it is at the bottom of a hill
and water always gets in the basement. Last time it rained I watched exactly where the water comes in. There are several places right at the floor level (it has very old concrete floor) where water seeps under the stone. It is isolated so I put a sump pump right in the midst of that area (corner) and I dug some channels into the concrete which slope down into the sump. NOW I know sometimes the water will creep along that floor cause it is old and dusty dirty and kind of wicks water along it so I also built a 2" high 2" wide ridge out of sand mix (like a street curb) to help contain the water in the area of the sump. What I'd like to do is seal the base of the ridge on the inside where water will hit it to help the water stay inside my little "pool area" what would be good to paint on or put on for this purpose? I was thinking epoxy paint like concrete garage paint possibly but also there are al lkinds of water sealers and hydrolic cement and I just am not sure what will work best. I am trying to get this done before SANDY hits because I am sure I am going to get more water down there than ever before.

thanks of you can help!
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Coal tar epoxy is my first thought. You can get it at a paint store. I've never seen it any of the box stores. Coal tar epoxy is water tight.

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I'd be more concered with making some changes outside to try and prevent the water from coming in, in the first place.

Adding a swale out in the yard to redirect the water as it come down the hill.
Working gutters.
Making sure there's no mulch or flower beds up againt the foundation.
Think about adding a French drain.
Regrading so water runs away from the foundation.
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