Hurricane Sandy basement floodeding

We were thrilled to read an email from Henry T. of Woolrich, New Jersey this morning about the success of this do-it-yourself basement waterproofing system:

“I installed the Squidgee do-it-yourself. Since then, it has stood up to hurricane Irene and hurricane Sandy. IT WORKS GREAT!”

Henry installed the do-it-yourself SquidGee Dry System just over a year ago. It’s professional-grade strength at a do-it-yourself cost held back massive flooding in his basement!

Many homeowners were not as lucky as Henry to have a dry basement after the storm. If your basement has flooded with water from the severe storm you may be asking, “How and when do I pump that water out?” or “How should I clean my basement?” We like to help answer those questions for those homeowners suffering from a wet or flooded basement in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

How-to and when to pump the water out of your flooded basement:
Do not drain water inside the basement until most of the water on the outside of the walls has gone down. This will prevent the walls from being pushed in or the floors from heaving.

If you have a large amount of water in your basement or if there is not a basement drain, rent a sump pump to remove water. If your electrical panel is located in an area of your home that is flooded, you will be unable to use an electric sump pump. Instead use a gasoline engine and exhaust properly.

Start pumping water out of your basement if the water inside is higher than the flood level outside. You may need to measure to determine this. Stop pumping when the two water levels become equal. Pump the basement water out at the same rate at which the flood waters recede.

How-to clean your basement after a flood:
Shovel mud from the basement as soon as all water has drained or pumped out to allow floors and walls to dry. Remove silt and dirt stains by rinsing concrete walls and foundation with a high pressure hose. If stubborn stains, use a stiff bristle brush and household detergent. Start drying the basement quickly to minimize wood decay and mold growth by opening doors and windows. Buy or rent a fan or dehumidifier to speed up drying process.

How-to remove musty basement smell:
If ventilation does not remove odors, try this simple handyman tip…

  1. Mop concrete floor and walls with a bleach solution: 3/4 cups of household bleach to a gallon of water.
  2. Rinse and dry after 5 minutes.
  3. Open windows when applying the bleach solution.
  4. Place a lump of dry charcoal in an open tin/metal container to absorb odors.

You can download and print our free How-To Guide: Do-it-yourself Basement Waterproofing, which includes a section about basement water flooding, along with helpful tips about do-it-yourself basement waterproofing and sump pump systems. For more information or questions about your basement email us or give us a call at 1-800-828-2947. We’d be glad to help. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

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DIY basement waterproofing corners

Unlike other systems where you have to glue together two halves of a corner piece before installation, the SquidGee Dry System’s inside and outside corners are pre-molded! Never miter together your corner pieces with SquidGee Dry System. Simply glue the corners in place. It’s that easy!

DIY basement waterproofing project quick SquidGee Dry quote

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Over 10,000 happy basement waterproofing customers! All those red dots you see are basements using our exclusive basement waterproofing products! Our basement waterproofing products have created thousands of dry basements and added thousands of extra square footage to homes everywhere!

If your basement is seeping water into through the joint where the floor and walls meet, the SquidGee Dry System is the ideal remedy and at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional contractor! The SquidGee Dry System is a do-it-yourself basement waterproofing product proven to dry up wet basements across the United States and save homeowners big money!

Installing the DIY basement waterproofing system is easy! The only skill needed is the ability to follow instructions! The easy to handle main sections make the installation a breeze! And our exclusive SealOnce Adhesive will bond water-tight for many, many years to come!

Calculate a Quick Quote for your wet, leaky basement and compare it to what it would cost to have a PRO working in your basement! It only takes seconds!

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Do-it-yourself basement waterproofing installation guide Do-it-yourself SquidGee Dry Installation Guide : Basement Waterproofing Made Easy!

We’ve updated our do-it-yourself SquidGee Dry basement waterproofing installation guide with more information to make drying up your wet basement even easier! New features include quick tips, new photos and an easy getting started section! Our favorite quick tip when installing the DIY SquidGee Dry basement waterproofing system is using an empty box as a work station. Hang the main section upside-down over the edge of the box to make applying the bottom bead of SealOnce Adhesive easy! New photos are shown in ‘Step 2: Prepare the Surface Properly’, ‘Step 14: Slick Down Finishing Seal’, and ‘Draining SquidGee Dry System’ guide to better show each step. The new Quick Installation Tips and Getting Started sections are easy to follow and provide you with everything a homeowner needs know about DIY basement waterproofing with the easy to install SquidGee Dry System!

Get a DIY basement wateproofing Quick QuoteAll these new additions make installing the SquidGee Dry System quick and easy! To learn more about do-it-yourself basement waterproofing visit Waterproof.com or view the SquidGee Dry System to order online.

As found in these publications: This Old House, Waterproof, Family Handyman

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diy basement waterproofingDo-it-yourself basement waterproofing is affordable, easy to do, and it works! The trick is finding the right wet basement solution for your home!

A wet basement can be a scary thing to many homeowners and the thought of fixing it yourself can seem a little overwhelming, but do-it-yourself basement waterproofing is a much easier task than many homeowners think! Initially DIY homeowners want to reach for waterproofing paints, which are only okay for a few months, but will begin to peel, pop off and leave your basement a mess and you’ll be suffering from a wet basement! Yuck!

Instead, choose an effective, long-term DIY basement waterproofing! Select an above floor hollow baseboard channel that quietly collects basement water and drains it away to your sump pump. There are different vinyl baseboard channels available to do-it-yourself homeowners, but none with the history and longevity the SquidGee Dry System has accomplished in the past 35+ years! The DIY basement waterproofing SquidGee Dry System is proving its outstanding performance, ease of installation and affordablility in thousands of homes across the United States and Canada.

Still a little unsure if a do-it-yourself basement waterproofing system is right for you? Give us a call and share a little information with us, like where does the water enter your basement, how often does water seep into your basement and other basic information about your home and we’ll help you decide which basement system is right for your basement. You may simply need proper landscaping around your home’s foundation, which we can help you accomplish, or maybe a do-it-yourself baseboard channel is what your basement needs, which we can give you a quick quote for your next do-it-yourself project!

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A basement is the most popular place to store seasonal items and other valuables. Creating a usable and accessible storage system will keep your basement clutter-free and will make organizing your home simple and easy. If organizing is easy, you’ll actually enjoy the process and keep up with it daily, monthly and seasonally!

Important Basement Storage Tip: Be sure your basement is dry by installing a basement waterproofing system before storing valuable possessions!

Here are some clever basement storage ideas and solutions for your home!

basement stair storage and organizing

Underneath basement stairs can tend to be a catch-all for unwanted and underused items. Building a pull out storage solution under the basement stairs is a great use of space and makes your things more accessible.

basement stair food storage shelvesbasement stair jacket storage

Basement stair wall storage is often over looked, but is a really simple way to add additional storage to your basement. Try adding several hooks along the wall by the basement stairs to hang bulky winter coats and backpacks out of sight. Hanging shallow shelves along the basement stair wall instantly creates a basement pantry where you can storage canned goodies, sauces, pasta and other non-parisable food! We love the beadboard wall too!

basement rafter storage racks

Basement rafters make the perfect place to store seasonal things like summer toys, holiday decorations and other items you own, but don’t often use. Pick up a metal closet rack from your local home center or hardware store and install as you see above. Basement rafter storage is an easy and affordable basement storage!

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Cleaning gutters and downspouts is a great outdoor do-it-yourself spring cleaning project! This video from Lowe’s gives great and easy tips on cleaning your home’s gutters and lists all the supplies you’ll need to complete the task yourself. Keeping your gutters clean will help prevent water from spilling over and gather at your homes foundation, which can result in a wet basement take leaks water. Properly cleaned gutters keep water draining properly and prevent water from enter your basement and home.

6 Tips for Gutter Cleaning

Check your weather forecast
A few dry days will make cleaning your gutters easier as the debris won’t be so heavy and damp.

Use two buckets when cleaning gutters
One bucket is for collecting the debris. The other bucket is for all the tools you’ll need while cleaning the rain gutters and downspouts. Be sure to carry them up one at a time for safety when working.

Wear latex and work gloves
Wearing latex gloves under your work gloves will keep your hands dry and avoid them soaking up the bad smells of debris.

After removing debris rinse gutters clean
Using a gutter cleaning attachment with your hose will makes gutter cleaning easy and safe.

Check gutter slope for proper drainage
Gutters should be sloped slight to allow the water to drain properly toward the downspouts. Standing water in the gutters is a sign of improper drainage which should be fixed.

Check and seal gutter leaks
Look for areas where the gutters leak from underneath. Using a gutter sealant properly seal the leak closed for proper gutter drainage toward the downspout.

Video Source: Lowe’s Home Improvement

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Creating usable living space in your home’s backyard will makes for a great place to host family barbecues or gives kids a place to play all summer or simply a relaxing spot to take in the sunshine. When starting a backyard makeover project there are a few steps your should do to prevent water seepage into your home’s basement…

Look for Low Areas Around Your Foundation
Fill in the low spots with dirt, sloping the ground around the home out and away from the foundation about 10 feet.

Plant Shrubs That Absorb Water
If your home’s soil holds excess water, consider planting shrubs around the basement foundation. There are many shrubs that are not only ecstatically appealing, but help to absorb excess moisture in the soil. Try Summersweet Clethra, Scarlet Curls Willow, Serviceberry, Tatarian Dogwood and Hibiscus.

Direct Roof Water Away From Basement Foundation Through Downspouts
When gutters are left simply draining all the roof water next the home’s foundation, you risk sending water directly into your basement. Be sure your gutters are draining into a downspouts that directs the water out at least 10 feet from the home. Your standard metal downspout attachments will do the trick, but they can be a nuisance when doing lawn work. Placing your downspouts under ground will eliminate the hassle of removing the downspouts every time you’s working the yard.

These simple tips will help prevent water seepage into your basement, giving you the freedom to makeover your backyard just in time for summer this year!

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Basement bonus room ideas“Sometimes that extra room you’ve always wanted is right under your feet. Elizabeth Willett, an interior decorator in Atlanta, was looking to fulfill several needs in her family’s 1927 Tudor-style house when she saw untapped potential in its walk-out basement. “It already had a fireplace and a tiny bath, but it had never really been properly finished,” she says. While the ceiling was low, it wasn’t too low, and moisture—that bane of basement remodels—wasn’t a problem…”

Read the Full Article on “This Old House”

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Monte Asked:
“I have recently purchased your DIY SquidGee Dry System and I am still in the preparation stage, waiting for the seepage to stop. My questions are…

1 ) What is the approximate curing time of the SealOnce Adhesive?
2 ) What is the max shelf life for un-opened SealOnce?
3 ) Finally, can a successful bond be achieved in seeping, standing water or should I simply wait till seepage stop?”

Answer:
1 ) The SealOnce Adhesive takes about 72 hours to cure in your basement.
2 ) If stored in a cool, dry place the glue can last up to 9 months.
3 ) You can install the SquidGee Dry System when the area is damp, but you don’t want to install the system in standing water. The SealOnce Adhesive is moisture activated, so the glue will begin to setup immediately if the basement floor is damp. Ideally, you would want to install the SquidGee Dry System in dry conditions, ask it is easy for first-time users. We understand that is not always an option. Here are a couple tips to reduce the moisture levels in your basement before installing:

> To help the seepage stop you could place a dehumidifier in the basement.
> Place a fan in a basement window or at the  drawing the air out to promote air movement and help dry up your basement faster.

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