Home inspector writes, how to solve most wet basements for $10

and says he’s been doing inspections for 45 years, oh okay, well do you guarantee what you write and lead people on to believe? Just asking… and the answer is NO.

so they talk and they write but they don’t guarantee squat

How about this homeowners, he raised n sloped the grade… and check out how LONG his downspout extensions are… And he placed wood and plexiglass against the house = smfh

Some HI’s ‘could’ help their clients much better but they blindly believe the bs

homeowner has concrete walkway and patio and caulked perimeter and downspout is… pretty long, still leaked

so DON’T take the time to identify, determine how n where the water gets in… just fart around with the grade and get longer downspout extensions lololllllllllllll you peeps just TOO damn much!

many basements are wet aka leak because water is getting in through, around basements windows, doors, tuckpointing needs or blockage in lateral line… so don’t bother to determine any of those and just write articles and tell your clients to fart with the grade and get LONG D extensions


I agree with most of what he wrote. However, I also agree with you in that he is doing a dis-service to many clients whose problems run deeper. I work in a hilly area that has lots of rain and crawlspaces getting soaked. The biggest problem are houses that face slopes (usually on the back or side of the house). The water runs down the slope (over and through the terrain) and saturates the ground next to the house that will invariably make it through or under the foundation. Adding gutter extensions or even fixing the grading around the house will not solve the problem. Even water-proofing the foundation exterior might not solve the problem. The only real solution is to install a French drain IMHO, which I do pitch as a possible DIY project.

Exterior Waterproofing, Complete How To for Do It Yourself Homeowners, by Apple Drains - YouTube

you agree with most of what he said, okay that’s your choice man.

you wrote, ‘Even waterproofing the foundation exterior might NOT solve the problem’…

well, that is why it’s crucial to FIRST… correctly identify the problem(s), determine how, where the water is getting in basement onto floor, that’s wtf i do lol

and waterproofing WILL solve what i repeatedly have shown in videos, been doing this 45 yrs but i guess that doesn’t matter at all 2 some lol

so telling your clients, which you said you mostly agreed with, to fart with downspout ext’s and the grade INSTEAD OF, determining the actual problem (s), i disagree with.

beyond my lil bald head how some HI’s tell homeowners who have a leaky basement to get longer downspout ext’s and-or fart with the grade and they haven’t identified/determined why the basement leaks

French drain is the ONLY real solution? okay, if you say so… homeowner here got talked into this french drain along the side of house and basement continued to leak, see why.

French drain cost more money than waterproofing the crack in foundation wall and rod holes - YouTube they charged homeowner a bit more $ for the french drain as i did for waterproofing… where are they? Where was their guarantee that french drain would solve leaky basement? yeah

i’ve watched many of APP drains vid’s, i don’t agree with all that much of what he claims, he’s better than the INT system dweebs but that doesn’t say a whole lot — hmm i wonder, does APP drains give long guarantees in writing that the crawls and basements won’t leak


Im thinking of writing a book called how to become a millionaire and selling it for 5 bucks…


Only have to sell 200,000 copies! Nick will buy them from you! (he’ll resell them for ten bucks each and make 2 million)


We live in very different parts of the country. Basements are rare around here.

In your video, the French drain went down about 18" for basement wall that was at least 6 feet deep. So, of course, a shallow French drain is not going to help much with a deteriorated basement wall below the drain field. The French drain, to be more effective in your example, should have been installed at footer depth. And, I agree, the basement wall should have been water-proofed and that is the primary remedy.

What I am referring to is something a bit different. I am dealing with homes facing slopes and wet crawlspaces with foundations that rarely go more than a foot or two below grade. The - whole - crawlspace is damp from water going through and under the foundation. Sure, if there are cracks, I call those out - but there are often no visible cracks and this is happening even on newer homes. Sure, you can and should water proof the exterior of the foundation, but the real root of the problem is the grading, i.e. why water is being pushed against the foundation in the first place.