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Posted by Bob Coker on November 19th, 1999 12:22 PM
In reply to Interior French Drain - Rigid or Flexible Pipe by Steve on November 4th, 1999 05:08 PM [Go to top of thread]

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Does your basement get wet during a heavy rains? - Does water entering your basement through:


RealDry can help!
We have been providing permanently dry basements with no digging since 1979. We are one of the foremost authorities on the
residential wet basement in the United States. Our systems has been installed successfully in over 40 states and Canada.

When faced with the problem of a wet basement, it is important to understand the options available to remedy it. Your options
depend on your need. For instance, there are only three (3) ways to permanently solve the problem.

1. Interior excavation of the basement floor followed by the installation of drain tile.
Cost ($3,500 - $6,000)

2. Exterior excavation followed by the installation of drain tile.
Cost ($8,500 - $12,000 plus landscaping)

3. RealDry, the interior installation with no digging.
Cost ($700 - $4,500)
Now, with this in mind, let's look at some myths about water seepage and methods of water control.

Myth # 1 "A sump pump will guarantee a dry basement."

A sump pump will not guarantee a dry basement. A well installed 1/3 horsepower sump pump with a plastic lid, liner, and check
valve (professionally installed price $550-$800) will only make certain that water coming into your basement does not get higher than
the floor. It will not provide you a dry floor, if that is what you are in need of.

Myth # 2 "Crack sealant or epoxy injections will guarantee a dry basement."

Although crack fillers and epoxy injection will stop water from coming into the crack you repair, it will not guarantee you a dry
basement. We have all seen hydrostatic water pressure break solid concrete walls and floors. So, how can something you put on
or into floor or wall cracks keep out water permanently? The answer is it cannot. The water will just find another point of entry. This
method is much cheaper, but cannot be considered as an effective solution. This is only damp-proofing.

Myth # 3 "Adjusting the gutters on a home will stop basement water seepage."

Hundreds of people say the same thing, "...adjust your gutters, it must be surface water that is causing your problem." This may
not be the cause of the problem. While adjusting your gutters or correcting any form of surface water is the most economical
method, it will NEVER GUARANTEE you a permanently dry basement!

Myth # 4 "Sealing the floor or wall cracks will give me a dry floor."

How can sealing concrete floors or walls, with any product give you a permanently dry floor? The water pressure is strong enough to
crack solid concrete floors and walls. To believe an easy inexpensive sealing product will guarantee a dry floor is a myth.

Relying on these myths, homeowners often attempt to fix their own wet basements. Those who try to stop the water themselves
experience varying degrees of success. In the end they realize that the problem hasn't truly been solved. Many will then hire a
professional who can guarantee them a dry basement.

Now that you understand which methods are available and which will meet your need, it is time to look at the source of basement
water seepage.

Most of the time, wet basements are the result of a high water table. For example, "If you dig a hole in the ground, and put a bucket
on the end of a rope, you'd call that a well. If you dig a big hole in the ground and put a house over it, you'd call that a basement.


Possible solutions, you must decide if you need waterproofing or damp-proofing. Do you need a permanent or temporary solution?
For example, if your Mother-in-law is moving in next week and you have to remodel the basement, you need a permanent solution.
In any case, what you plan to use the basement for will determine your need.

For new construction, a builder's goal is to construct a home with a basement that will never leak. How do they provide that? By
properly installing a drain tile system and a sump pump BEFORE the floor is poured.

For existing homes, any of the three methods will guarantee a dry basement. However, there are other factors to consider. For
instance, if you have beautiful landscaping, digging outside to install drain tile doesn't sound to appealing. What about that nice
finished basement? Digging up the concrete floor to install interior drain tile loses its allure, too. Price is also a consideration. As
we learned earlier, the cost varies widely between methods. So you see, many variables affect your decision. In review, if a
permanent solution is what you need, there are three choices:

1) Outside drain tile (French drain)
2) Inside drain tile (French drain)
3) RealDry

Yes, you can install the RealDry yourself. We provide three different baseboard kits * with personal assistance from start to finish
via phone 1 (888) 231-3002, and the internet. Ask for Bob Coker.

1) Single pack 96' $995

2) Half pack 48' $575

3) Quarter pack 24' $295

The need to install a sump pump may be otional. Please call to see if you will need one.

Sump Pump Kit Includes:

1 Sump Liner 21"x24"
1 Lid
1 Check Valve
1 1/3HP Sump, 2 year warranty - $249.00

Tell me more ~
If you are ready to get stated on a free estimate, you will need to know the answer to the following questions:

"How much will a RealDry systems cost"? "And what about all the stuff in the way"?

To get the simple answers to your individual basement:

Diagram your entire basement floor on a sheet of paper. (length X width)
Draw in where the floor cracks, wall cracks and note the type of wall construction.
Indicate where the drain, sump pump or pipes are located in your basement.
Now, call 1 (888) 231-3002 and a professional will walk you through the entire process. It's that simple!

Our FREE video will show you an actual installation on: finished or unfinished walls, block or poured wall construction, floor cracks
plus much more. To order the free video explaining the Real Dry system, call my office at, 1 (888) 231-3002. You may also e-mail
me at

To purchase - We sell direct throughout the United States and Canada. Your order will be shipped the same day via Fed-X.

Regardless of what method you chose to solve your water seepage problem, it pays to be informed. By understanding the nature of
the your problem and your needs, you can make the best decision.

Thanks for asking!
Bob Coker - National Development

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