Remediating Basement Leaks

    Volume 4, Issue 10 (November 2007)

    ISSN: 1546-962X


    Published Online: 25 October 2007

    Page Count: 6

    Henshell, Justin
    Consulting Architects, Henshell & Buccellato, Red Bank, NJ

    (Received 23 January 2007; accepted 8 October 2007)


    This paper discusses and reviews several of the more common causes of water infiltration into basements such as: failure of the waterproofing system, structural failure of the foundation or slab, and an increase in hydrostatic pressure. Recommendations are offered for alleviating water pressure by modifying above grade building components, altering topographical elements and the use of internal and external drains. Techniques are described for stopping water infiltration by applying negative side waterproofing materials, injecting grouts and chemicals in the soil around the foundation walls, under slabs, behind walls, and into leaking cracks and joints. The paper concludes with a review of the various materials and systems that are used for repairing leaking basements together with their pros and cons.

    Paper ID: JAI100950

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI100950

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    Title Remediating Basement Leaks
    Symposium Sixth Symposium on Roofing Research and Standards Development, 2007-12-02
    Committee D08