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harleysilo 01-23-2007 07:02 AM

Wet Basement being fixed (pics)
Here are the pics....

First day's destruction

harleysilo 01-23-2007 07:03 AM

2nd days work....

Note: AFter first day, I completed the demo

harleysilo 01-23-2007 07:04 AM

So to have 2/3rd of the basement done was $11500 with the fresh air environment thing, $8000 for just the waterproofing system, 10% off if we did it immediately. For $500 we could have them "stub up" for the fresh air system so in the future when we decide we want it, it would be easier to install.....

My concerns with this which I will address with the sales man are


glennjanie 01-23-2007 12:45 PM

Nice pictures, Harley:
It looks like they did a good job for you too. If the air is to move out through the 3" PVC pipe we see stubbed up, you will have to have a high pressure/vleocity fan to move very much air out of the basement. You could give it "make-up air" by running another 3" pipe down from the roof in the far corner. If that would be an eyesore on the roof, you could pick it up from the attic space; just make sure you put a screen on each end of the pipe to prevent rodents and insects from using it. Just some random thoughts, I hope they can help.

harleysilo 01-23-2007 01:41 PM

by make up air, you mean instead of it pulling air in through the house by way of cracks and crevis's? Like a return for a/c, except say in attic? Could be easy to do actually, but that would be pulling really hot air in summer into cool basement adding to humidy issue I imagine. ....I wonder how many cfm's the fan would be?

mudmixer 01-23-2007 03:32 PM

Harleysilo -

You are dead right about it being bad to suck warm, humid Georgia air into a cool basement. To maintain reasonable conditions, you may have to run the furnace fan constantly.

I doubt if the sump pump has anything to do with the air radon/removal. I think you must have a dedicated fan for that purposes.

What do the "experts" that sell the great system have as an answer to the make-up air?

harleysilo 01-24-2007 06:20 AM

this works as claimed.

Hube 01-24-2007 08:45 AM

Imo, a HUMIDEX ventilator installed in the basement would do the same"drying out" and also would bring in make-up air thru infiltration.a HUMIDEX ventilator sells for only approx $400 cndn, and can be easily installed by most diyers in about 3 hours or less. it does not have to be emptied of moisture (water) as the water is discharged within the exhausted air flow from the basement.

check it out.
I have had mine for several years now, and several of our neighbors have one too, it works great,no problems.

Square Eye 01-24-2007 04:45 PM

If this pump just keeps a vacuum in the system, every time an exterior door is opened there will be a little air movement through the system, even in an airtight house. I would certainly appreciate anything they did to keep the stink of a basement drainage system down :)

glennjanie 01-24-2007 09:03 PM

First, I would not want the air pulled in through the cracks and crevases. Second, If your house has obvious cracks like that, its time to get out the caulking.
Third, the make-up air could be fed into your return air system on the furnace. Then it would be "conditioned" before comming into the house. A fan strong enough to change the air in the basement 6-10 times a day can have the make-up managed or it can be guessed at. If your basement is only 24' X 40' you are moving 76,800 cubic feet of air from somewhere.

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