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DJ DJ
waterproofing interior walls
DJ DJ

please help I am desperate I need to water proof my interior walls. my house is on a cement slab, every now and again my utility tub over flows, usually due to human error. The water runs thru the wall between the utility room and the hallway that runs down the middle of the house, drenching my carpet and pad........and doing damage to the drywall and oak moldings as I stated this has happened more than a few times in the 35+ years I have lived in this house frankly I'm getting to old to keep dealing with the mess. I'm hoping that there is something we can apply to the walls (and the cinder block chimney) that will stop the water from going under the wall please I need HELP Diane

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Does the room with the utility sink have a floor drain? If not, then no amount of waterproofing is going to do any good because the water will just travel out under the door and down the hall and soak the carpet and moldings.

The best cure will be not to overflow the sink. Start carrying a timer with you when you use the sink, set the timer to return in a short period and turn off the water or pull the stopper.

dj1
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dj1

Quote: "As I stated this has happened more than a few times in the 35+ years I have lived in this house frankly I'm getting to old to keep dealing with the mess"....

Why do you let this happen to you again and again and again? This "flood" can wreck and trash your house, not only with the visible damages, but also with the hidden ones, like mold. At this time, stop wasting money on replacement, and instead fix the root of the problem - the bath tub/sink.

There are various options, but without seeing what you have, the only thing I can say is: contact a plumber as a start. Let him install a drain, or an overflow protection of some sort, and go from there.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Based on how it's all placed, it might be easy to fit some kind of overflow drain onto the upper edge of the tub, tying it in to the existing drain system. Anytime you have unprotected sinks or tubs you need a floor drain because things like this do happen!

Phil

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