Basement Leaks Easy Trick Free Information Waterproofing

This is Marko Vovk from
If your basement leaks, has stains, mold, or musty odors the first person to call may
not be your local waterproofer. Weather they waterproof from the exterior or interior it
will be expensive and it may not be necessary. Many water proofers have pressure sales tactics
that require you and your spouse to be present so they can get a signed contract. In addition,
if you do not have the funds they will process pay pal, credit cards, debit cards, and may
even barter for your gold and silver coins. If they see that you are getting cold feet
they pull out the mold card and tell you that mold will make you sick. Sometimes they may
tell you to waterproof now or your home is going collapse, deteriorate, crack, settle
and loose its value.They also have great pitches like “We just happen to have a have a crew
available this week and we can give you a huge discount or if you sign today we will
through-in an air cleaner valued at $1000 that is supposed to clean and dehumidify your
home. Let’s face it, the only contraption you need is a basement standard de-humidifier
that you can buy for less than 300 dollars.The first thing you should do is analysis the
problem yourself or you may also want to get third party non-bias opinion. Good people
for this type of inspection are seasoned home inspectors that may be ASHI members with thousands
of home inspections under their belts. They are also probably are more familiar with the
better and safer waterproofer in your area. Expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for
this opinion. In the Cleveland area, you can call Marko Vovk. The first thing, determine
if the moisture stains or leaks are high or low. If the leaks, stains, or mold are in
the upper portion of your basement walls it may mean you have poor grading, or a dirty,
plugged gutter or downspout. It may be a loose downspout or sump pump connections that may
be located only several feet underground. Additionally, it could be a leaking hose Bibb
or a sprinkler head located very closes to the foundation. Do not expect the waterproofer
to tell you this because these repairs can be done for fewer than one thousand dollars.
Sometimes when we perform basement inspections we find dirty gutters that overflow, or homes
that have those gutter contraptions gutter caps, sponges or screens that may permit overflow
with intense rains and sometimes create winter ice dams. Clean your gutters and downspouts
and get rid of those contraptions if they do not work. I have seen many waterproofing
systems installed on homes that only had one crack that was leaking. If you have a concrete
poured foundation, it will crack due to normal shrinkage. If you have a masonry foundation,
the crack can be caused by many reasons, regardless, many times, you can simply dig out the crack
on the exterior and patch or epoxy inject it for about eight hundred dollars. If it
is a horizontal crack you will also need to install interior horizontal wall bracing.
If the stains or leaks are near the bottom of the walls, they may be from many of the
above problems or the draintile is actually damaged, plugged, or sluggish. First, look
to see if you have trees in front of your home or within twenty feet of your home. Trees
grow and have roots that search for water. Sometimes, you can simply snake the underground
pipes. If you do decide to snake the sanitary and all storm pipes, you need to find a company
that also has a camera, so they can inspect the pipes after snaking. This may require
digging down to the draintile and installing a clean-out for snaking and camera viewing
at one of the back house corners. The camera may find the break and now you just have to
dig up that isolated area. You might even have to cut down that big tree and stump out
the roots or even do a partial exterior water proofing repair. After you have done these
not-so-expensive repairs, and you still experience moisture, you may be able to make the leaks
more passive by running your condensing dehumidifier. When you run a condensing dehumidifier, it
sucks some of the moisture out of your foundation system, so when it rains your foundation can
becomes a moisture-holding-reservoir and may temporary hold some of that rain water. A
wet sponge cannot hold moisture. If the sponge is dry, it can hold moisture without dripping.
Dehumidifiers can suck the moisture out of your foundation, so when it rains, basement
moisture intrusion may not as significant. Additionally, dehumidifiers lower the indoor
humidity and minimize interior foundation condensation which is also often misdiagnosed
for exterior foundation leaks. I have seen many unnecessary waterproofing systems installed
when the moisture problem was only condensation caused by high indoor humidity caused by possibly
a furnace humidifier, a moist crawl space, a ventless heater or other. Many interior
waterproofing companies install interior sump pumps that do not have lids 100% sealed. Now
you may have high radon gas, stone soil odors, and certainly more indoor humidity which can
now permit indoor condensation. Interior water proofing systems have buried perforated drain
pipes have high humidity and high vapor pressure which will travel to low vapor pressure which
is your basement. The waterproofer just created a nature moisture generator or a natural humidifier.
Moist air is lighter than dry air and will rise into your home. I have seen sump pumps
with lids that are not 100% sealed cause north windows and attic sheathing to rot due to
condensation during cold climates. If the leak is at the upper sill plate or band joist
area, it may be a defective cladding system like EIFS (synthetic stucco), hardy board,
Masonite, cultured stone or even a leaking window or door system. Many newer cladding
systems are simply installed wrong and are actually rotting your house. These installations
require a professional cladding moisture survey or a water test which can range from 195 -800
dollars. One of the newer problem we are now encountering in the last ten years are homes
built with cultured stone that lacks a proper drainage space or a proper drainage plane.
This fabricated material is often found on larger more expensive newer homes. These repairs
are very expensive and may require full cladding removal and replacement. Southern and western
facing homes with cultured stone are much more prone to this type of failure due the
wind driven rains. Therefore, before you sign you water-proofing contract, inspect the home
yourself and hire a non-bias second opinion. If you do get a waterproofing estimate, get
a minimum of three and check the ANGIE’s list and BBB. Thank you this is Marko Vovk from For your investigation, please call Marko at 216-924-8378.

30 thoughts on “Basement Leaks Easy Trick Free Information Waterproofing

  1. thanks for telling it like it is Marko. I've been waiting for your next video.

  2. Thanks Marko. I wish I had seen your video before my nightmare with AquaGuard Waterproofing Corporation, but that's water over the dam. I'd like to be able link to your video on my blog/site called waterproofingadvocate with the usual extension. By the way, if you want to see the video of my basement, with interior walls covered with exterior roofing tar, it's posted on YouTube. I'll try to send you an email with my request or maybe you can reach me at [email protected] Thanks!

  3. if you do not already have a sump pump you should definatly have one put in brother. If you have no sump moisture is probably collecting for a long time. So that plus the de-humidifier mark mentioned would do the trick. Of course it would be better to actually see what is going on, so maybe take markos advice and have an inspector look at it it isnt much money if your possibly throwing 8k in the air. I'm sure Marko would know more than me though. I am not an inspector, just a worker.

  4. Sir Im so glad I stumbled upon your videos…you have saved me thousands of dollars. EVERYTHING you said about the waterproofing people was true. Im seeing this video after I met with the sales man and I swear I sat here staring at your video because everything you said they did…its as if you were in my house. My quote for the "system" was 15K and ignorant as I am I was considering it until I saw this. Now Im going to find a home inspector to figure out whats really going on and probably invest in a large capacity dehumidifier instead , I saw one at Home Depot for under $1300.00. THANK YOU SIR!!!!

  5. first off, advising someone o ignore a water problem by just spending a few hundred bucks on a dehumidifier is just as bad as those "high pressure" conspiracy theory comments of yours, a dehumidifier is like using a bandaid on a 6" gash, it may hold it back but it's NOT a solution, and frankly it can be pretty damn expensive in the long term there too, if your humidity issue is enough to keep it running 24/7 (like in my parents basement) they will use a ton of power, the one in my parents basement when actively dehumidifying uses over 400 watts an hour (or 6.9Kw a day) which running all month would be about 25 bucks a month or 300 bucks a year and it's an Energy Star appliance, so 300 for the unit plus a few hundred a year in power adds up pretty darn quick, would be cheaper in the long run to properly address the issue. The ONLY thing you got right was after your ranting when you started pointing out reasons why you could be having the water issues, this is something a GOOD waterproofer should be able to see and advise you on as part of the fix.

  6. Hi , your video was very informative, but I'm still not quite sure where to begin. Some of the pictures you showed in your video looked just like my basement. especially when it rains really hard. I want to have the problem fixed but I don;t want to get ripped off either. I live alone and and sure some would take advantage of that. I really just want to know what the problem is and then I will see about taking care of it.. Please where do I begin. Thanks ; ).

  7. Thank you Marko for your honesty and integrity. I didn't want to spend thousands on a dry basement system.. This video gives the homeowner hope. We at least have a better understanding of all of the preventative things we can do to keep the water out.

  8. what kind of foundation is that at 2:25 part of the video? I have the same type of foundation wall in my basement with cracks. thx

  9. I dont know if you read the commets anymore, but I have a question!
    My gutter's pipes go straight down underground, next to the foundation of my house.
    My basement seeps near the base of the floor, where the floor meets the wall (About an inch up) Could this be because the gutters are draining into the preexisting drainage system and causing overflow? could the system be failing? it only happens when it rains heavy for an extended amount of time. thanks!

  10. Sir I drylocked my basement back in 2006 and even about 1 feet up the wall and around perimeter I made sure all was scrubbed and well cleaned, then I built my room did not have any troubles until now. Just today I found a water towards the middle of the room almost as if coming up from the floor. Just earlier today I found that the hose head (garden hose) had ruptured from the exterior so I turned it off. Who knows how long it had been running for. So I guess my question is since I have not experienced any water leaks even in past years with Oregon weather, could this have indeed been the hose that is the culprit? Thank you for your help

  11. I regraded around the foundation-installed window wells and extended the downspouts away from the house. Its dry for the most part but I still have a damp basement wall on the North side of the house. Would that 'Red Guard" product Lowes carries work to seal a basement wall?

  12. Oh I got a headache from watching this video constantly changing so fast

  13. Good info thanks, tho I do know for a fact Mold will make you sick and it's very unhealthy, thanks for the great info 🙂

  14. It's a good video, I would just add a few things. One, lots of people have water in the basement and get their foundation excavated and new weeping tiles installed only to find that the problem hasn't been resolved. The problem in that case is often a high water table with water getting into the basement through hydrostatic pressure. Second, the dehumidifier solution is usually quite good and will solve a lot of dampness issues, however has my own sister is finding out that can also be a very expensive solution as hydro rates keep going up. Her electricity bill is running anywhere from $200 to $340 a month depending on the time of year so obviously that solution has its limits.

  15. Marko thank you millions of times for this information that is a treasure for me.

  16. Can you make the slides faster? I haven't had my epilepsy attack yet.

  17. Wait, you said sump pumps that have lids that aren't 100% sealed. Sump pump basins come with a lid that has a circle cut out specifically labeled as "vent." How can a sump pump possibly pump water out of the basin without sufficient air flowing into the vent? The answer is it can not. Im not so sure the maker of this video knows what he is talking about. He has made some good points but when it comes to sump pumps I disagree. What is with all the monkey and ape pictures in this video?

  18. Too many videos flipping on screen. Get rid of all the videos and pictures. Too busy but good info

  19. I don't know where this guy learned to spell but last time I checked Comming was not a correct spelling.

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