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Old 06-09-2013, 02:34 AM   #1
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After heavy rain, the old tile floor by the exterior walls in the basement gets damp/wet (see photos). How can I seal this tiled area to prevent water from coming through so I can install new flooring on top and it not get water damage? Thompson water seal? Kilz? BIN? Concrete epoxy paint? A combination of them?

The flooring I'm thinking about installing on top is that cool DIY brown paper bag flooring.

I understand the tiles are getting damp because the concrete underneath it isn't sealed, but I prefer not to rip up the tile for the time being.

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Old 06-09-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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No sealer from the top side is going to stop water from coming.
It needs to be delt with on the outside, and or under side of the slab.
Gutters, grade running away from the foundation, no mulch piled up againt it, no flower beds forming ponds.
Sealing the outside of the foundation below grade and adding a french drain is another option.
Is there a sump pumb in the basement.

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Ya, I'm aware of all of that, but that will be done at a later time. I just need a quick solution so I can put some kind of flooring down.
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No floors going to stay stuck down on a floor that gets wet.
It sure looks like that drywall in some places is in direct contact with the floor.
A big no no.
It will wick up the moisture from the floor and distory it.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:55 PM   #5
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Actually the drywall in the affected area is at least a quarter inch off the floor and sill sealer sits between it and the bottom plates & studs.

Forget the new flooring for now. I totally want to take risks and do a half a5s job on this. How can I seal the tiles (vinyl, I think) so water stops coming through?
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Latex Base DRYLOK® Masonry Waterproofer is a low odor, water clean-up formula for waterproofing all interior, exterior, above or below grade masonry walls, cinder and concrete blocks, stucco, brick, retaining walls, basements, and foundation. No pre-mixing or pre-wetting necessary.
Ready mixed – Low-odor Formula


  • Withstands 10 pounds of hydrostatic pressure, greater than a wall of water 22 feet high
  • Breathable film – does not trap moisture in masonry
  • 20-year Warranty
  • Clean up with soap and water

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Not going to happen.
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I'm confused. Is that a recommendation or somewhat related review?

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