Probably a stupid question but here goes. One wall in the basement is leaking water - not a lot but enough that I need to get out the wet/dry vac. to clean it up. I was wondering if I could mix hydraulic cement to the consistency of mortar and apply it to the wall. Would it adhere and would it stop the water from coming in? If it would work, open to any suggestions in regards to mixing and applying it. Or would Dry Lock be best?
fixing the problem outside is best. water pressure will push DryLok or hydraulic cement right off the inside of the wall.
if you have sponge clay like the Red River Valley, your only hope is to keep water under control, and install a drain tile field and sump pump. waterproofing the foundation is always helpful, down to the slab, which means excavating around the basement walls and installing seamless waterproofing, with Platon or glued-seam EPDM or thick vinyl over that to keep backfilling the trench from damaging the new waterproofing.
in any event, start with gutters and downspouts that discharge downhill from the house. fix slopes that run into the house, instead of away. create a drainage swale around the house if you have to.
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Also make sure water draining from air conditioner/heat pump is running away from the house,
Outside is very important but sometimes it's just not possible.
Here's one solution, but keep in mind you can make your own to suit your needs.
This system is interesting.
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