Here’s a list of our most frequently asked do-it-yourself basement waterproofing questions this past October. If you have questions about do-it-yourself basement waterproofing we’d be glad to help. You can send us an email or give us a call at 1-800-828-2947!
1. Richard asked, “I was wondering if your [SquidGee Dry] system could be used I a finished basement?”
Yes, you will need to remove the walls and studs 6 inches up from the basement floor to expose the concrete wall. Then install the SquidGee Dry System and refinish over the system. Here’s more information about how to finishing your basement after using the DIY basement waterproofing system.
2. Linda asked, “How smooth does the concrete floor have to be? Will I have to sand or scrape it for the seal to work with the SquidGee Dry basement waterproofing system?”
You do not need to sand the floor smooth, but if there is any paint, glue, etc on the surface you will need to remove that to expose the concrete floor about 3 inches away from the walls.
3. Trevor asked, “Water comes through the walls higher than 5 inches from ground. Will your diy basement waterproofing [SquidGee Dry] system still work ?”
The top of the SquidGee Dry System is not glued to the basement wall, therefore, any water seepage down the face of the basement walls or window wells overflowing will be directed back behind the system. You can also install a vapor barrier along the face of the walls and tuck it back behind the system to create a pocket for any wall seepage to travel through.
4. James asked, “How do you allow for drop in the [SquidGee Dry] system for the water to move towards the sump pump?”
The SquidGee Dry System stands 5 inches tall, to create a tall narrow channel for the water to build up and flow out the open end. When the water has stopped flowing out the open end it simply flows back out the weep hole where it came in. To direct the water from the SquidGee Dry System into your sump pump or floor drain, you will need to pick up a round piece of PVC pipe from your local home center. Here is a link on how to drain the diy basement waterproofing system on our site.
4. Eric asked, “The glue [SealOnce Adhesive] compound that is used – will it withstand temperatures near zero degrees? We have a patio area that is under a family room extension. Sometime in future we hope to enclose the area however we need to control the water seapage first from the walls.”
Yes, the glue will withstand the lower temperatures.