Wet Basement Floor Solutions

  • Tanya Schifone
  • May 8, 2012 6:35 pm

A wet basement is a result of either a basement crack or porous concrete – both have simple, easy, and affordable solutions.

Your basement floor sits on top of a water table – some water tables touch your basement and others are feet below it. Soil also surrounds your basement. Some soil is saturated with water and some soil becomes saturated when it rains or when snow melts. Concrete, although very strong, is like a sponge and loves water. Hydrostatic pressure pushes the water through your concrete into your basement – either through the pores or through a crack.

Basement Crack – If you have water coming in through a crack in your basement wall or floor, you need to repair the crack with a repair kit that can work where water is present. A repair kit, like the Foundation Armor repair kit, reacts with water and then repels it forming a closed cell foam barrier which will not allow water to pass through it.

No Basement Crack – If you don’t have a crack in your basement, you simply need to seal the floors and walls using a deep-penetrating concrete sealer. A sealer, like the Foundation Armor sealer, reacts with the free lime in concrete and forms and expanded crystalline structure beneath the surface. These crystals fill the pores of the concrete and prevents the penetration of radon and moisture infiltration by capillary action. Best part about this basement sealer is you only have to apply one coat – once in a lifetime. It never weakens, peels, flakes, or fades.

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