with all due respect:mrgreen: …if i may add a few cents
as a basement waterpf
g contractorn doing-the-job for nearly 3 decades i`d like to inform ya that splash blocks are basically nothing.
no way on THIS-planet that 1 or 100 splash blocks are going to keep water away from the entire depth & length of basement walls, not gonna happen.
let me ask ya, ok, so you go and make sure that any splash blocks are in place and the soil is sloped away from the house, where do ya think some of the water that one diverted a lil farther away from the bsmt walls is going to go?
s still gonna go INTO the soil, a lil further away and, accumulate and wick-percolate.....underground, in the soil, in all directions, sideways and down. its still going to come back towards the house, towards the bsmt wall, yes it will. How do i know this? :-k Because ive dug underground for a long long time, have seen all these types of situations, situations where homeowners have used/installed/tried EVERYTHING incl
g raising the grade, mudjacking slab(s),very long downspout extensions,putting drain tiles and a lil gravel 1-2' deep, splashblocks etc etc. The basement still leaked,mold-efflorescence spread due to....a crack(s) or other openings into the home, this IS why most-not all basements leak-seep, notcuz the grade wasn
t sloped/not cuz the dog knocked off the downspout extensionn so on.
and by the way, even if it were possible to…divert most-all water away from the house/foundation, which its NOT, that is not really a good idea.
allowing the soil around the house,bsmt walls,porches etc to become TOO DRY can cause the soil to contract too much, yeah lol, go the other route.
it`s always best to TRY…to keep the moisture in soil around a house the same level/content. And thats not possible on long-heavy rains. Best backfill to have around bsmt walls is peastone or if ya have to, sand. This is what keeps many bsmt walls from cracking,leaking,bowing in. http://www.yodergroup.com/concrete.asp 6th paragraph
allowing soil to contract too much could/can allow the soil under and next to footings to…settle/drop and could cause porches etc to drop/settle/fail as well.
and NO, i
m not saying to anyone not to have longer extensions etc....its just that, whoever recommends to a homeowner that any of these things will solve a leaky basement say, when the house is being sold is not an expert in bsmt waterproofing therefore shouldnt be recommending things that do not fix the actual problem…cracks-openings, above & below ground. see this ALL-the-time. House was sold, ‘somebody’ recommend and led seller to believe that all they had to do was raise grade,install longer extensions etc and within first few decent/longer rains, basement leaked again.
Now the buyer is stuck(or sues
n goes back on seller) with having to FIX the problem, the crack or other openings. Yeah, the seller put on disclosure that they...ahem... 'fixed the problem' when they did not. New owner shouldnt have to get stuck havin` to pay for fixing leaks/cracks etc… that existed-was present before sale of house.
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red is gray and yellow white, but we decide which is right…
and which is an illusion