THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS PUDDLES
My basement floor was wet. Couldn’t tell from where! What to do?
I hadn’t paid attention to the closed basement room . . . Until the smell got my attention! Upon inspection, I saw that the wood window sill was rotting. I had recently lost my husband and didn’t know what to do or think. My wonderful neighbors stepped in and next thing I knew, I had a new window! They figured sprinklers were getting through a faulty one. They also removed the gross carpet. Amazing.
Check the Rain Gutters!
Ah ha! The next thing we discovered was a rain gutter that was down turned above that window well, plus packed with debris from asphalt particles from my aging roof. My son and friend, John, nailed it up and cleaned it out. (I don’t have trees above my home and hadn’t thought there could be stuff in there that could push the water out that end.) But I found in general, it’s a good idea to check those rain gutters!
Mysterious Puddles Persist
Next thing I knew, puddles were still mysteriously showing up on my floor!
Hmmmmm . . . I had had a flood in another part of the house that had wreaked some havoc, but had missed this room. Water, water, water. Certainly gives me pause and those who have literally had water sweep their entire homes away in natural disasters. My heart aches for them.
I began to do some major research. Come to find concrete walls can actually seep through your concrete!
$ $ $ Calling on the Experts $ $ $
It seemed more than I could make sense of so had several ‘experts’ come and give me their assessment and bids. First of all they all had different opinions. From ripping up my concrete floor inside, to digging a trench around my backyard with a pump in my window will. But what they had in common was, they were all very expensive! I’m talking thousands.
Had to Be a Better Way
Thus began more research.
What I wanted:
- A non-toxic Eco-Friendly solution.
- DIY Friendly
- Feel Safe that the mystery puddles won’t re-appear down the line when I’m not looking!
Long Wet-Dry Story Short
STEP ONE: Sealing the Concrete Wall
Well! Yay. Guess what I found. A great product that met all my requirements and then some!
- USER-FRIENDLY – Non-toxic, non-flammable, zero VOC’s.
- EASY TO APPLY – Spray or roll-on application.
- PERMANENT – No reapplication needed.
- PENETRATES – Does not leave a coating. Works by absorbing and reacting inside concrete.
What I couldn’t imagine is that water from outdoors can seep in through the concrete walls! Some of the ‘professionals’ wanted to dig the trench and waterproof. Not necessary! Learn more.
I chose RadonSeal Plus, because as recommended, my indoor concrete is over 20 years old.
We Chose to Spray On
Can be brushed on, but decided spraying would be easy and quickly thorough, but I think any method would work.
This is the SPRAYER I used. Worked PERFECTLY!
STEP TWO – FILLING IN THE HAIRLINE CRACKS
RadonSeal also carries this product which was also very user-friendly.
Has everything you need and really Easy-Peasy!
*This concrete crack repair is not VOC free. This particular type of product is not conducive for that, but very necessary and sometimes I’m willing to do what I’ve got to do!
One of my hairline cracks, now filled, nice, smooth and water leak free! (They were actually all vertical.)
It has now been almost a year and nary a drop of water has shown up since!
Last year there was actually snow on the ground when we did this project. Plus many rain storms since, haven’t had a bit of a problem. I have yet to finish off this room so no wallboard or new flooring. Just a whole lotta concrete which is behaving well. 😀
You don’t need a FLOOD to have WATER PROBLEMS!
- OVER 60% OF HOMES have a wet or damp basement.
- 1 IN 3 HOMES have mold and mildew growth
- 1 IN 6 HOMES have elevated levels of radon gas
- 2% OF HOMES have the toxic “black mold”
*There is tons of info at RandonSeal on various water and concrete problems and which products are right for you!
I hope this was helpful, friends. I hope more that you don’t have problems, but being proactive is usually a good idea and RadonSeal has great solutions. I’m so glad I found them and such a fan I am now an affiliate!
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Thanks much. ~ Deba Do ♥
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*Update: My heart goes out to all those who are in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. My prayers are with you and all affected by these recent disasters. My flood seems so small in comparison. If anyone would wish to donate, you can do so at AMERICA RED CROSS.