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Subject: Waterproofing Basements
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 09:04:38 -0700
From: tomm(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

I am working on a project where they want to add a full basement to an existing single family home. This is on a flat lot where the water table according to the soils report will be approximately 8 feet below grade at its estimated highest point. The city will not allow under slab or behind the wall drainage or sump pumps. I don't have a problem designing them for hydrostatic pressure, but I am concerned about moisture intrusion into the basement. Their answer is to install good waterproofing. Any advice on a good waterproofing system or disclaimers that I should add to the drawings? The project is in the SF Bay Area. In my mind, all waterproofing systems eventually leak. Thank you for your input.
Thomas L. Monti, PE
Morgan Hill, CA

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