A: Unfortunately, it simply isn’t effective. Don’t settle for hasty, inexpensive fixes which do not eliminate wet basement problems. Painting does not address water trapped in the hollows of the basement wall. Water seeks the least line of resistance to enter a home. Therefore, painting the basement walls with special paints will not prevent other areas of entry such as the cove area, where the wall joins the floor or below the foundation. If you are experiencing a wet, damp basement you should seek advice from a professional experienced in wet basements and foundation repair. Reputable waterproofing companies will respond promptly, and provide a no-cost inspection.