Baseboard Almost In Place

Underpadding On Top Of Concrete Floor

In this continuing series on the repair of our foundation wall crack, which caused a water leak in our finished basement within the recent past,  last time we wrote about the replacement of the carpet grabber strips using construction adhesive. After waiting 24 hours we are now ready to return the pulled back under-padding and carpet into its place on the poured concrete floor and reinstall the baseboard molding. The first step was easy enough, simply lay the pulled back under-padding … [Read more...]

Covering Foundation Wall Crack From The Outside

Foundation Wall Crack

In this continuing series on the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall to prevent any future water leaks, we saw the techniques used to insert the new piece of 3 feet by 4 feet of drywall into the area with only a single vertical piece of wood available from the existing wood frame. Today we go outside. Now, here is the crack on the foundation wall which started it all. Notice that it goes along the vertical edge where the poured concrete foundation wall meets the brick … [Read more...]

Sealing The Basement Floor Opening

Mixing Concrete

In our last article within this series focusing on the repair to the foundation wall crack in our basement, we saw the use of the CactusBoard material on the top of the opening in the basement floor. This opening is where the backup drainage was installed should any water over the years seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the foundation wall crack. Today, we see the closing of the basement floor opening as part of this overall home maintenance project. At this point in … [Read more...]

Creating A Dry Well For Sufficient Drainage

Increased Drainage Opening

Yesterday, in this series on our basement water leak repair, we found that we did not have sufficient drainage to cover the remote chance that the water leak would return some time in the future after the repair to the crack in the foundation wall. Now, remember that we are talking about a backup should the first part of the FlexiSpan solution not hold out all of the water which would be come in from the outside due to excessive rain storm or melting slow runnoff seeping down through the … [Read more...]

Inadequate Drainage

Using Jack Hammer

Yesterday we showed the process by which the crack through which water had leaked into our basement had been located on the inside of our basement bedroom. Today we review the initial part of the solution. And, it was not applying the fix to the foundation wall crack. The first step which Fitz, from Clarke Basement Systems, proceed to do was to drill a small opening in the poured concrete floor directly beneath the crack in the foundation wall. In the above picture you can see … [Read more...]

Back To Reality – Home Basement Leak

Interior Area Of Basement Water Leak

And what a World Cup it was.  A month or so of outstanding soccer. Various story lines with unplanned events. One of the best reality television events, sporting or otherwise. Well, now that the World Cup is over, back to my reality, complete with its unplanned events. My reality is a water leak in my home's basement. :( I dread house basement water leaks. For one, it will significantly make it harder to sell the house. Think about it; how would you react if when buying a new home you … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 14 – Commencing the New Shower Floor

Poured Concrete Shower Floor

In Part 13, Bennett and his son Alex had removed the last of the original shower stall's poured concrete flooring, the black plastic leak barrier,  and the floor had sufficiently dried over the weekend. Today we were ready for the new shower stall floor installation to begin within the still new en suite shower that was installas as part of last year's home renovation / makeover series of projects. If you recall, here was the condition of the exposed shower floor, with the cement board … [Read more...]

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