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Basement Wall Leaks

Published on August 7th, 2021

There are 6 points of infiltration of rainwater in a basement – the sill plate is a common entry point.  The grade of the lawn to the top of foundation is the key.  If you look at your siding and it’s close to the top of your lawn, then the sill plate entry can be a big culprit for rain water coming in.  Flowing rain in the yard can pool and come in over the foundation and under the sill plate, where the framing of the home starts. This is a perfect entry area for water and can be deceiving as to why it happens.

The intersection between the house frame and the foundation is an entry point.  When it snows and a big rain comes the snow melts, and the water comes into this area.

So, I identified the leak location, which is key, but what can I do to stop it?  

  1. Exterior curtain drain – installing a low-pressure system on the exterior and sealing the seam between the framing and the foundation wall is realistic—Basement technologies (1-800 Busy Dog) has a patented version of this type of system and was designed by Basement Technologies specifically for this situation.

2. Install a sub floor system on the interior and install barrier on wall and drape into the system -basically catch the water and re-direct it.

3. Install baseboard floor system on interior and install barriers on the wall and drape into the system, basically catch the water and redirect it.

4. Lift the house. 

The superior system in post-construction waterproofing is the patented curtain drain by Basement technologies (1-800 Busy Dog). From foundation repair to basement waterproofing, we can assist with all your waterproofing and foundation needs. 

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