Posted by Bob Coker on April 12, 1999 at 11:20:55:
I read your post on a newsgroup regarding a wet basement problem. I think you might be interested in reading this short note.
If your basement get wet during a heavy rain? - Basement De-Watering Systems can help! If water is entering your basement through floor cracks, walls or where the floor meets the wall? - Basement De-Watering systems can help!

When faced with the problem of a wet basement, it is important to understand the options available to remedy it.
For instance, there are only three (3) ways to permanently solve the problem.

1. Interior excavation of the basement floor followed by the installation of drain tile.
Cost ($3,500 - $6,000)

2. Exterior excavation followed by the installation of drain tile.
Cost ($8,500 - $12,000 plus landscaping)

3. Basement De-Watering Systems interior installation with no digging.
Cost ($700 - $4,500)

Now, with this in mind, let's look at some myths about water seepage and methods of water control.

Myth # 1 - "A sump pump will guarantee a dry basement."

A sump pump will not guarantee a dry basement. A well installed 1/3 horsepower sump pump with a plastic lid, liner, and check valve (professionally installed price $550-$800) will only make certain that water coming into your basement does not get higher than the floor. It will not provide you a dry floor, if that is what you are in need of.

Myth # 2 - "Crack sealant or epoxy injections will guarantee a dry basement."

Although crack fillers and epoxy injection will stop water from coming into the crack you repair, it will not guarantee you a dry basement. We have all seen hydrostatic water pressure break solid concrete walls and floors. So, how can something you put on or into floor or wall cracks keep out water permanently? The answer is it cannot. The water will just find another point of entry. This method is much cheaper, but cannot be considered as an effective solution. This is only damp-proofing.

Myth # 3 - "Adjusting the gutters on a home will stop basement water seepage."

Hundreds of people say the same thing, "...adjust your gutters, it must be surface water that is causing your problem." This may not be the cause of the problem. While adjusting your gutters or correcting any form of surface water is the most economical method, it will NEVER GUARANTEE you a permanently dry basement!

Relying on these myths, homeowners often attempt to fix their own wet basements. Those who try to stop the water themselves experience varying degrees of success. In the end they realize that the problem hasn't truly been solved. Many will then hire a professional who can guarantee them a dry basement.

Now that you understand which methods are available and which will meet your need, it is time to look at the source of basement water seepage.

Most of the time, wet basements are the result of a high water table. For example, "If you dig a hole in the ground, and put a bucket on the end of a rope, you'd call that a well. If you dig a big hole in the ground and put a house over it, you'd call that a basement. THE WATER DOES NOT CARE WHAT YOU CALL THE HOLE IN THE GROUND!"

Possible solutions, you must decide if you need waterproofing or damp-proofing. Do you need a permanent or temporary solution? For example, if your Mother-in-law is moving in next week and you have to remodel the basement, you need a permanent solution. In any case, what you plan to use the basement for will determine your need.

For new construction, a builder's goal is to construct a home with a basement that will never leak. How do they provide that? By properly installing a drain tile system and a sump pump BEFORE the floor is poured.

For existing homes, any of the three methods will guarantee a dry basement. However, there are other factors to consider. For instance, if you have beautiful landscaping, digging outside to install drain tile doesn't sound to appealing. What about that nice finished basement? Digging up the concrete floor to install interior drain tile loses its allure, too. Price is also a consideration. As we learned earlier, the cost varies widely between methods. So you see, many variables affect your decision. In review, if a permanent solution is what you need, there are three choices:

1) Outside drain tile (French drain)
2) Inside drain tile (French drain)
3) Basement De-Watering Systems

Yes, you can install the Basement De-Watering System yourself. We provide three different baseboard kits * with personal assistance from start to finish via phone 1 (800) 331-2943, Fax and the Internet. Ask for Bob Coker.

1. Single pack 96' $520

2. Half pack 48' $270

3. Quarter pack 24' $145

* Kits include epoxy, connectors, tubes, installation video etc.

Optional - 1/3 hr. BDWS sump pump; 2 year warranty; lid; liner; and check valve for $162

To get started, order the installation/sales video kit. There is a $39.00 deposit refundable with your first purchase. The video will show you an actual installation on finished, unfinished, block, poured, floor cracks plus much more.

Regardless of what method you chose to solve your water seepage problem, it pays to be informed. By understanding the nature of the your problem and your needs, you can make the best decision.

For a free video explaining the Basement De-Watering System, call my office at, 1-800-331-2943. You may also e-mail me at

Basement De-Watering Systems, Inc.
Bob Coker
Box 160
Canton, IL 61520

"I hope it's raining where you are!"

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