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Old 05-04-2007, 08:02 PM   #1
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Odd basement leak - from the outside walls

We have a leak at the top wall of our basement that I think is related to poor drainage of a planter bed which allows water under our front steps. (Frustrating, because I thought I fixed this a year ago with new gutters just before we refinished the basement!)

The steps are solid concrete (I think) and have an porch/landing about 4' x 4' at the front door. There are no drain holes under the steps. Concrete was poured approximately 65 years ago...

Anyone know how to fix this, short of tearing out the steps?


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French Drain in the planter???


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Old 05-05-2007, 08:51 AM   #3
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Are you sure you completed the "fix" with gutters?

How long are your extensions? - 10' I hope, to an open discharge or a pop-up bubbler.

Is your surface drainage away from the house?
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I had similar links in my basement walls, although the cracks were easily visible for me. You probably have water seeping thru a small crack between the steps and the foundation. I used Drylok Fast Plug, a quick-setting hydraulic cement that worked pretty well. Short of moving the steps, you could try a pastry bag or something similar to work the cement into the crack.

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