Well, It has bee 2 years since I coated half my basement walls with Sani Tred and Half Drylock. You can read that post Here: Sani Tred Vs Drylock.
The recent storms in the northeast, snow and rain. I did have some water get in to the basement. I am still working on sourcing where the water is coming from, but I believe that most of the issues lay outside the basement. I have a leaking gutter and I have a large crack on the concrete patio that need to be filled.
I will update this post with my findings soon.
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I’m curious to hear how you make out with this. I’m facing some water trouble in my block basement as well. It is not flooding but the seeping after this last mega-rain in the Northeast US has let water in. The foundation is about 75 years old.
No french drains on the inside and I’m not sure what’s on the outside, probably nothing.. or maybe the old clay tiles they used to use. I may have to excavate and do this right, from the outside in.
Per, I have found the Best solution is really attacking it from the outside, It may not be as excessive as digging up the outside. Just make sure the ground slopes away from the house, make sure drains and Gutters take water away from the house, if you have a patio like me, make sure all cracks and joints between the foundation and the patio are sealed. that seems to be 90% of the battel right there.
Any update for this since last year?
Here in Northeast, a lot of basements got water when the snow was melted at the same time of a heavy rain in the beginning of March. Those wet basement includes mine, hence in market for a solution.
So, what were the results, Dan? With Lee on top of Irene, we got groundwater coming up through the basement, so therefore I’m trying to do some research. Other than the messed-up guy on Bob Vila, who clearly has a vendetta but no actual experience, you seem to be the only one who has problems with Sani-tred that weren’t due to inadequate preparation.
1. Was Sani-tred or Drylock applied to the walls that leak?
2.Did you seal all the pores and apply all the coats?
Question for anybody:
3.Does anyone have an existing boiler, and therefore had to apply Sani-tred up to and around it? (The company’s suggestion.) If so, what happens to the water problem?
4. Did anyone come up with a way to get rid of the odor?
I have seen some notes here about people using wire wheels to get the old paint and mold off their walls. I did that at first as well, but it creates a ton of dust! The easiest way to strip your walls, and don’t get me wrong, it’s a pain, but use Sani Tred’s “Off the Wall Coating” remover. It’s a clear/citrusy smelling gel that is non toxic. I still use a mask as it is a bit strong.
Roll it on the walls with a roller, let it sit around 45 mins to soak in, then use an electric pressure washer with a zero pin point rotary tip to take the paint and mold off. This is the EASIEST way to do it, trust me. You can strip 40 feet of wall in about 2 hours. I use a shop vac to suck up the water as I go and dump it in the toilet. You’re left with a nice bare wall down to concrete to apply sani tred
I put Sani tred in 1/2 of my basement 3 yrs ago and did the other 1/2 this weekend. I can truly say the stuff is a miracle, I have had no leaks since I put it in and the musty smell in the basement is gone. ya, it’s expensive and a pain to put on, but cheaper than paying a contractor. It’s not for everyone, but much more durable than Drylok.
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I had the same experience and complete agree with the author’s summary:
“I don’t feel that Sani Tred is a Consumer DIY product. It is difficult to prepare, and apply. That said just looking at the final product, Sani Tred does seem superior in quality. If you have serious water issues then seek a professional and maybe have a pro apply the Sani-tred for you. Drylock was cheaper and much easier for the majority of my application. I would not buy Sani-tred again to do a large area”