Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bad News Bears

Last night in the Twin Cities a crazy ridiculous storm passed with flash flooding, hail, and lots of electricity.  We apparently got about 2 inches of rain in a very short span.  Probably like many home owners around me - especially owners of older houses, my basement is WET.  It was wet before, but now my concrete is definitely discolored with water.  One side of my basement is cinder blocks, but the other side - the side showing all the water, is the old stone foundation.

You can see the type of wall it is behind the plumbing in this photo.

So....the question of the day/week/month/year is what I can do about this problem.  I know the best solution would be to trench and lay a sump pump, but I really don't have that kind of cash.  I need a solution that I could maybe DIY - and maybe make the basement more user friendly in the process - creating an actual laundry nook with cabinets, storage, etc.

What say you, interweb?


  1. Do you have gutters on your house? I know we have to have downspouts on our house to prevent water from coming in one corner.

  2. I don't have gutters at all...I guess I should invest in those as well. I think that is something that could be DIY'd, not by me since I'm not getting up on that high of a ladder, but probably my brother...

    I think I'm going to start prepping for a Drylok application - they used it on and are impressed with the results. I also bought a new dehumidifier today.