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Old 01-30-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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I saw a story on refinishing basements and they jackhammered out a drain around the perimeter of the basement then inserted this water diverter system to direct water to the sump.

Any ideas where you would buy something like this? Would HD or Lowes have it?
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:49 PM   #2
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That is just a gimmick product that is franchised and only collects water that has already leaked into a basement. It is a prettier solution than the old fashioned trenches that were formed in the cheap foundations common in the east.

It is no where equal to a true french drain system that installed at the level of the bottom of the footing. The traditional system removes the water and reduces the hydrostatic pressure behind the wall and under the interior slab, so the waterproofing materials are not as critical with the water and pressure removed.

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Interesting, thanks.

I have read endless points on waterproofing/sealing basements prior to drywall. My head is spinning. Half say one way, half say another.

Would it still be helpful to jackhammer out around perimeter, plastic VB, foam board then studs, then dry wall?
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What you are suggesting is not water proofing, but sealing after the water has penetrated the wall system.

I did my basement with my 12 year old son and a few of his buddies for the "grunt work" of toting things in and out. I did hire a guy with a saw to cut a neat line. No jack hammer and just a sledge. - There are many variations, but to get rid of the water and potential leakage, you have to go down another foot or so. It is unfortunate that the builder did not use the recommended interior, exterior, or both drain tiles initially.

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And how did you finish your walls? VB, XPS, VB, studs?

Would that be exceptable, to cut a drain around perimeter and not dig down a foot but 6 inches or so?
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