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Posted by Bob Coker on November 9th, 2000 02:03 PM
In reply to Water proof a basement by Big Bob on October 22nd, 2000 06:45 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi, I read your post on a home repair help forum. This might help. I found the RealDry method to work
permanently and is cost effective. ~ Good Luck, Bob

It is important to understand the options available to remedy it. 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)

Your options depend on your NEED. 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.

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.

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. With the RealDry
system, you NOW can correct the problem yourself or have a RealDry system install professionally.

Now that you understand which methods are available and which will best meet your need, let's 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 a (permanent solution) or damp-proofing a
(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 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

I have discovered the national average price for a permanent dry basement floor is $35.00 per running foot around
the basement. This method is using the French Drain, under the floor method.

Above the floor using a channel method cost on average $32 per foot. The RealDry, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is
around $10 per foot. The need to install a sump pump is optional. You can order a free video showing you how
to install a dry floor. 1 (800) 331.2943 e-mail,

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. May you make the
best decision!

Thanks for asking!
Bob Coker -

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