Homes that never had water in the basement before could see water oozing in where the floor and wall meet. Others may find water leaking in an all to familiar occurrence. With warmer weather approaching melting snows and spring rains flow on top of the frozen ground making its way to the warm and mushy soil around the foundation. The water soaking in around the foundation creates hydrostatic pressure, filling the hollow block work up with water. Usually the first sign of water leaking is at the cold joint wear the floor and wall meet.
In many instances preventative measures to manage surface water will prevent water from reaching your basement. Gutters and downspouts extending eight feet from the foundation are recommended, service walks should tilt away from the foundation and low areas of settling should be filled in and sloped away from the foundation.
There are several do-it-yourself products designed to hold water back such as, hydrostatic patches, waterproof paints and other forms of plug-its. If these attempts fail, homeowners may resort to a more extreme alternative by having a contractor install a french drain-tile drain system. This system requires workers in your basement and jackhammers trenching through the basement floor, hauling mud and gravel in and out of your home.
Stop the water! How to dry up your basement:
Now, available to the DIY homeowners is a user-friendly system that relieves hydrostatic pressure as it collects seeping water. Hollow baseboards adhered to the floor along the wall acting as a barrier collecting water from weep holes tapped into the blocks where the floor and wall meet. Water travels along the hollow baseboard gutters to a drain outlet, like your sump pump system or floor drain. Waterproof.com has manufactured this baseboard system on a contractor level for nearly 50 years. In 1985, we re-designed the system into an easy to install do-it-yourself system for homeowners to dry up their wet basement. The SquidGee Dry baseboard system is simple in design and has proven is effectiveness for nearly 30 years!
This DIY basement system can be used for poured concrete or block foundations. By tapping holes in the cement blocks at floor level you will lower the water table and the hydrostatic pressure that has built up in the walls. The SquidGee Dry baseboard is then installed in front of the holes using the SealOnce Adhesive. This simple system allows you to channel the incoming water to a drain or sump pump. Pre-molded corners and butt-joint connectors make installation a snap. Every system comes with a step-by-step installation guide.
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