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Posted by Heather on February 23rd, 2000 02:29 PM
In reply to leaking, crack in foundation by Deb on February 23rd, 2000 01:09 PM [Go to top of thread]

in our pre-1925 home basement. What we did was "V" out the crack (pull away some of the surrounding area of the crack to create a V into the crack) and re-cement it.

Since we are surrounded by a clay dirt that tends to hold water no matter WHAT the grading, we had the floor dug up 1' all the way around the border of the basement (inside) and "weepholes" drilled into the foundation walls to drain the water. French drains were installed in the 1' cutout around the border of the basement that led into a sump pump. The drains were then cemented over with a thin layer of "waffle board" acting as a separator between the basement floor and wall. We then just painted over it all and it looks just fine.

We overpaid for this job: $8,000. I've seen an estimate for a much larger basement than ours go for $7,000. I have to tell you that it was WELL WORTH every last penny. During Hurricane Floyd, our neighbor (who almost NEVER has water) got 4" in his basement--and we were dry as a bone...

Hope this helps....

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