I have a nasty leak in the basement wall. There is a cement porch with 4 foot footings over the top of this leak. The porch is about 10' x 20' and the leak is in the center so the water has to be traveling around 10' to find its way to my basement. Anything I can do around the outside to stop this? Thanks Jeff
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Re: Leaking basement foundation
It sounds like the ground has settled around the area where the leak is, hence the traveling water. The right way to fix the problem would be to remove the porch, dig up around the basement wall, apply a sealant to the outside of the wall, install weeping tile and re-grade the soil to drain away from the house. Your best bet to begin with may be to try to re-grade the soil so it is sloping away from the house, however this is only a temporary patch, if temperatures get below freezing there is a possibility that moisture in any crack in the wall could cause further cracking and leaks.
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Just a guess, but it is likely that moisture is causing the paint to peel. I suggest you remove as much peeling as you can with a wire brush and then use a waterproof sealant. I had very good luck with a product they sell to seal cement walls in basements with moisture problems.
kakima is 100% correct, but to add to it so you understand how he got that 27 cubic feet... you can picture a cube.
A cubic yard is 3 foot tall x 3 foot wide x 3 foot high.
(A cubic foot is 1 foot tall x 1 foot wide x 1 foot high).
If it is older than 15 - 20 years and leaking on the floor under the tank, purchase and install a new appliance, If the T&P valve is leaking, change the valve. If it still leaks, replace the expansion tank which should on the supply water line. Try not to install an expansion tank "on its side". BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING, make certain your incoming water pressure does not exceed 65 -70 psi. This could be the real problem. If so, install a new water pressure regulator. It is usually located inside the basement wall. In a Garden Home, it may be outside at the curb in the ground by the water meter. It may be in the ground buried near the entry through the foundation. It may be near the water heater.
When a humidifier is first placed into service depending on the environment you placed it in, it can take up to a week to actually shut off.
Think about this...
Q? Why did you buy the unit in the first place?
Ans. Area you want to use it in is damp.
So the NEW humidifier has to really work hard to remove moisture from everything in the space.
Furiniture, structure to include cement floors and walls. This can take a very very long time initially. If there is a sump pump in the basement the humidifier needs to be placed quite a distance from the sump area. If the structure foundation and walls are allowing water seepage into the basement it may NEVER shut off.
If it does not shut off after several days. Move the unit to a small room upstairs that you can place it in and close the door just to test to see if the unit will cycle on and off. If it cycles on and off in a small room you may want to inspect your basement foundation and check for plumbing problems.
What is in the room above the basement bathroom? And how large is the diameter of the vent pipe you need to run? Do you have a maximum number of elbows, and runs of feet maximum you can't exceed?
Is the Frame wall above the foundation, accessible by going up thru the ceiling of the bathroom, and the elbowing over and into the outrside frame wall at that point?-- and then up a ways, and then out thru the outside wall?
Another possibility would be: How far to a window, or vent already in the basement?-- Could you run the piping there, and then out?
How thick is the concrete wall?-- Is it reinforced Concrete-- or just Masonry Block wall? A block wall is not as hard to get thru--
I know I asked a lot of questions-- but maybe it helps you think thru your options?
What is leaking? If it is water, you need to find the drain pipe leading from the inside unit to the outside of the house, and open up the obstruction in it. You could push a wire up through it, or send some compressed air up it. The drain pipe is probably near the ground next to the foundation or in the ceiling of an outside porch. If this is a window unit leaking water you need to clean the obstruction out of the drain pipe or hole on the outside of the window, probably at the bottom outside rear of the unit. I wasn't sure from your question if it is leaking water, or leaking refrigerant gas. If it's the gas you probably need to call an A/C repair service. good luck, genetuck
check out side where the water is going into the basement, aside from the gutter down spout, you going to need pack some earth so that the water will running towards the yard. If it is where the gutter down spout is, then you need to get a gutter extension direct the water some where else.
DO not paint the basement wall, you will have mod. however, you can waterproof the wall when the weather gets to be above 55 degree.