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Wet Basement “Expert” says Grading Won’t Stop Floods
It's no surprise that a so called wet basement "expert" would proclaim that improvements to roof and surface drainage won't fix you damp, leaky basement. They have very strong economic reasons to do so. Basement waterproofing companies pretty much sell a single type of repair, and it's really not a water "proofing" solution at all. If anything its a water pumping system that allows the water ot get to and through the foundation, where its collected in a sump and then pumped out to start the cycle all over again.
The reason most basements flood is because of issues with poor surface and roof drainage. To stop this from happening, you must:
- Clean gutters & downspouts;
- Make sure there are enough downspouts for the roof size. Each spout should drain no more than 600-800 sq feet of roof surface
- Extend spouts to discharge at least 6 feet from house;
- Improve the angle of soil at the foundation perimeter to slope away from the house.
In RARE circumstances, flooding is caused by a rising water table and in that case, a pump system is needed. However, we're talking VERY RARE circumstances.
Here's how to tell. If your basement dampness and flooding worsens consistent with rainfall, or snow melt - its always caused by drainage that's easily fixed.
Finally, one of the most popular posts on our site is about basement waterproofing. Read it, and THEN read all the comments. You'll see three groups of comenters. Wet basement "experts" desperate to save their money-making scams, home inspectors and other independent experts calling out the waterproofing profiteers and confirming the advice we've provided, and homeowners who have tried it and saved tens of thousands of dollars.
Best Quick Fix for Rotted Window Sill
Water and wood certainly don't mix. It does sound like the frame eventually will have to be replaced. Rotted wood is quite common with these frames. However, if the rotted area is limited, you can try filling it in. One product that might help is 3M Bondo Home Solutions Wood Filler. Another product you might try is Abatron WoodEpoxy Wood Replacement Compound.
It would be a good idea to take that extra step and replace the window, and when you do, you should consider using a PVC trim such as PVC Composite White Colonial Casing Moldings from Royal Mouldings.
In any event, you might want to consider adding a small waterproof shower window curtain to stave off as much water as you can. Good luck with the project.
Transform Dirt Floor Barn into Woodshop
Your barn sounds like a great space for a woodshop. A concrete floor would probably make the most sense. Since the building is self supporting, the floor will have no structural purpose so would not need to be any thicker than around 6 inches or so. To make sure the slab doesn't crack, I'd be sure to use a good quality mason. Preparing the grade and stone base is key, as is being sure its tamped down to eliminate any settlement under the slab. Wire reinforcement will also be needed. And given that you are in Massachusetts, I'd also insulate under the slab to make it a bit more comfortable to work on in colder weather.
Also, plan to apply an epoxy floor paint after it is complete, so that the slab is easy to sweep and keep clean. And think about whether you might want to run wiring for present or future tool, outlets or other electrical connections, and have an electrician prewire the floor before the slab is poured.
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