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Old 09-15-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I am a new homeowner in Central Jersey and have many unexpected DIY projects . Seems like the previous homeowner was a big DIYer and most of what he has done is not safe. (Holmes on Homes can come to my house! Please :-)

Back to the major problem at hand. I have a split level home and half of the lower level is underground. The first day we took down the walls on this floor since it was not our taste (wood paneling) and found out there wasnt any insulation (). There is only the bare cinderblock wall. When it rains, we notice water on the floor closest to the exterior walls. The cinderblocks are not wet and the water seems to be coming from the area where the cinderblocks meet the slab. We are doing many things on the outside to address the drainage of the property (sloping). We have seen on shows that waterproofing the outside of your home is a good solution to address these issues. We have seen on the show that they use some sort of sealant and a barrier is used for waterproofing. We would like to tackle this job on our own. Can anyone give advice on the products that should be used and step by step process for doing this work. We dont want to deal with this water problem in our home after we fix it since we dont want to have a headache everytime it rains. It is frustrating, but we would like to spend money on the products and install it correctly if its going to eliminate the problem in the long term. Any advice? Any books, websites, etc to recommend? Thanks for any advice :-)


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Thanks for the link!
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good link - your choice is the interior french drain incl sump & pump OR exterior waterproofing system ALSO incl sump & pump,,, don't say 'NO !' w/o considering the full implications of not doing it correctly the 1st time,,, you either let your exterior toe drain system discharge to daylight OR you mechanically discharge the collected water via a pump,,, IF you don't, you're just creating a retention pond about your home's very fine bsmt.

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Thanks a bunch! We had a couple waterproofing companies come to assess the problem and 2 out of 3 companies said the system with sump pump was the way to go. The other company said that waterproofing the outside was the best way to go. We have decided to do the system indoors but thought that it might be a good idea to do the outdoor waterproofing on our own. We are also doing additional measures outdoors to (sloping, grading). What would be the reason for doing the waterproofing (barrier) on the outside of the house?
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for 2 reasons - its fast AND they can guarantee the water management results,,, bear in mind the water will STILL penetrate the foundation walls & soil acids will STILL attack the lime in your block's cement as it continues to leak thru the wall.

have been out of the NJ waterproofing work for over 15yrs so i don't know the current players but send a note offlist & we'll talk further,,, there ARE a couple i would recommend you NOT invite.

outside is called ' waterproofing ' - inside its ' leaking water management '

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