Basement water evidence

Other than just saying water damage, can anyone surmise what the owner was trying to do or is doing here:

The tiles pop when I walk on them and the drain is corroded (is that because it backed up at some point?)

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Hide the water intrusion:

Agree with Larry

It’s better not to speculate about what the owner or handyman was trying to do. Just stick with your direct observations about water damage, and recommend repairs by a qualified foundation contractor

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first 2 pics, some IDIOT installed an INT drainage system or, that 1-2’ piece of crap attached to bottom of foundation wall was put on to hide, conceal, deteriotaed blocks, YEP!

very likely there are EXTERIOR cracks, cracked parging in block walls and THAT is where n why the water is entering so lol, exterior waterproofing is the ONLY means to STOP further water penetration through the exterior cracks etc which will then stop any further deterioration of block and mortar joints etc


Exactly, leave the guessing games for someone else.

That’s funny I seen that same repair done in a home I inspected a week ago


Yep, the 1-2’ piece makes it look nice for a short while! I have “accidentally” popped this off when I saw it recently. Just as Mark said “deteriorated blocks” behind it!

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yes Joe, they want to hide deteriorated blocks, like this

like this

inside systems twats are liars, scasms, yes yes yes they are lol

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It’s likely a cover-up of the messed up blocks, indeed, but you should still call in a professional, not wise to guess.

Robert, Mark Anderson is THE professional for stopping water intrusion into basements! :smile:

Mark, I recently met two waterproofing contractors to take care of the water seepage in my basement that occurs during heavy rainfalls. Is there a preferred way to do this. Inside or outside drainage or both or something else?

I summarize, the homeowner was doing everything in his or her power to avoid spending the financial capital to fix/remedy or replace the lost perimeter drainage field and weep tiles.

Lets await the foundation specialist to hear what his words of wisdom summarize from the language he narrates.
PS: I hope you have an advanced education in deciphering ramble.
HM. I wonder would one require the use of hieroglyphs for his schematics? Lol…

Have them dig down to the footing, like Mark does, if need be and seal the cracks and water proof it and backfill with washed pea stones.

DO NOT let the monkey around inside your basement to fix water intrusion, Mike!

Mark, will be along, too.

From the outside Is the way You do a proper repair. Inside systems only hide the problems and offer no real fix. The damage continues to happen and the blocks continue to fail…

and on the outside it’ll look like this which IS where the water is first entering, and they do NOT repair, not a thing do they fix, the vertical crack nor the low-horizontal crack as it WIDENS to the left/middle of foundation wall. what? they think these cracks won’t get worse, won’t deteriorate more? they leave these cracks… OPEN, lol, they leave the clay soil, underground roots etc against wall which will only vause more damage, more water entering, penetrating these cracks, weakening these walls, lolol total idiots, total incompetence = total SCAM baby.

Mike, would need to know a bit more about YOUR particular problem/seepage. Not everybody gets water in basement, on floor due to EXT cracks in foundation wall or other ext-openings, most do… just saying not all n i think most here ‘get’ that.

So i’d ask, where do you get/see this seepage… is it only in ONE area? Or all the way around?
Does it START, originate, from where the bottom of foundation wall meets the floor?

Can you see the F-wall (s) in the area (s) where you get seepage? What kind of F-walls?
If you can see the wall, any efflorescence or discolorment on any part of the wall?
How long have you lived in this house?

Is the seepage only under a basement-window or under a door, side, front?

If you have a crack in your basement floor, is this where you see the seepage?

Most homeowners get water, get seepage due to ext crack (s) in foundation wall or cracked, deteriorating parging or deteriorated rod holes (if u can’t see the walls), and other direct openings into house/basement, but again ‘most’ doesn’t mean everybody. And this is where INT system chumps begin to try and take advantage of the situation. Some get water, seepage on floor, most often along most of perimeter due to a blockage etc in their lateral line/clean out

N by all means, if you rather you can call me, here to try n help… say again per other-recent post on another thread, Mr Tews and O’Connor, hey… does it look like throughout all these years on here i’m a scammer? Some say i BASH others… well THINK, watch my videos, WHY do i BASH others???
Because they lie to homeowners, scam homeowners for self gain $ !! I don’t bash the honest one’s, hello!

Anyways man, sorry lol, lmk

Mike you need several inexpensive basic tools to do a through assessment.
A: Moisture meter.
B: Hygrometer.

1: Painted CMU foundation block walls.
2: Water stains on lower CMU blocks.
3: Interior perimeter drainage system. A: Exposed plastic barrier curtain embedded in poured concrete approximately >< 12" inches rising from the poured concrete slab surrounding interior perimeter.

Onsite Symptoms.
1: High basement humidity.
2: Damp basement flooring.
3: Water stains on lower CMU foundation wall and poured concrete slab.

Perimeter drainage failure to divert water effectively leading to Hydrostatic pressure.
Hydrostatic pressure. The pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium ‘at a given point within the fluid,’ due to gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth measured from the surface because of gravity, an increased weight of fluid exerting downward force from above.

Recommend a foundation specialist.