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Old 01-17-2007, 03:31 PM  
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Default I agree with MileHigher - Install a French Drain

I'd start on the outside of your basement before finishing it. If there is no perimeter drain (french drain) around the foundation you should install one. This will help to eliminate the water from getting into the basement to begin with.

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Old 03-12-2009, 04:14 PM  
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Default Best way to dry up a basement?

I have worked with the hydrophobic polyurethanes for many years. It is very possible to seal a leaking structure. Many companies sell do it yourself kits to repair cracks or cold joints (an area were two concrete surfaces meet) I will give some details, hydrophobic polyurethanes react to a dense foam as they contacts moisture or water this gives a very good compression seal along with a chemical and mechanical bond and still let the structure move (freeze thaw cycles) I don't want to go on and on if you would like more information let me know.

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Right on InspectorD! Keep the water out dont just try to paint on a barrier to halt it at the inside of the wall. At that point its too late.
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I agree, the paint mixture and a name brand I can't recall specifically for this did not work. The white powdery material has returned. Its best to try and fix this from the source of the problem.
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