Basements

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Submitted by David J on February 12, 2017 - 8:49pm

I recently bought a house here in San Diego that has a basement. Seeing as I've spent most of my life in Southern California, I have zero experience with basements, and I am trying to find a contractor that might have experience with waterproofing and whatever else people do with basements. I've had very little luck with the search engines. Anyone have a suggestion for a contractor with experience dealing with basements?

Submitted by gzz on February 13, 2017 - 12:34am.

I had little problem doing it myself. Lots of caulk!

I am not sure how a contractor would find a leak that isn't active. Water stained could be a clue in a few cases.

So you just have to wait for one.

Submitted by XBoxBoy on February 13, 2017 - 7:29am.

Normally, all waterproofing of basements is done on the outside when the house is built. Because concrete and block is porous you have to stop the water before it gets into the foundations and the walls. Putting waterproofing on the inside doesn't really work very well. Which means that waterproofing an existing basement is very difficult and expensive. If you have water in the basement issues often the best way to deal with it is to dig french drains around the house and try to divert the water before it hits the basement walls.

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