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pahomeowner 09-30-2005 07:14 AM

Best way to dry up a basement?
anyone know the best way to dry up a damp basement? it just always seems to be damp and I'd like to try and lay some carpet and fix it up a little but I'm afraid I'll get mold or something. Is there anything I can do myself to keep it dryer down there?

sonofthesoil 10-02-2005 04:55 PM

fundamental question - what kind of shape is the foundation in? if you have cracks, you will never get it dry

FirTrader 10-02-2005 09:02 PM

Question one is where is the dampness from? Is your landscaping up to par - is the grade sloping away? Do you need a sump pump, or weeping tile?

pahomeowner 10-03-2005 04:49 PM

damp basement
actually, the walls are concrete, but the basement is connected to the garage, which slopes back toward the basement and has a drain in it. whenever it rains the garage fills with water and it seeps thru the wall. the water seeps under the garage door, it's like an awful chain reaction. also, occasionally, the garage drain clogs and we've had sewage back up....isn't fun owning a home?

FirTrader 10-03-2005 08:39 PM

Nice. Wonder if a guy could get one of those slab-lifting companies to come and pump urethane (or whatever the hell they do!!) and get things tipped the right way?

Bill 10-11-2005 06:20 PM

A dehumifier will remove the normal condesation and is a must for all basements in humid areas. high humidity air will cool and condense in a normal basement because the basement is cooler than outside.
this does not address the seepage of water. cement is porus and will allow moisture to bleed into the basement areas. this is normal and can be addressed by using a special paint designed just for this purpose. It has a name but I cannot remember what it is. You mix a powder with water and paint it on the wall to seal the seepage.

As you were told before you need to address drainage to keep the excess water pressure against the outside of the foundation. There are as many ways of doing this as there are causes. You need to find the cause and address it. We don't know enough about your specific situation to properly address it in this forum.

Hope this helps!

miller221783 01-18-2006 01:25 PM

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inspectorD 03-18-2006 09:57 AM

I know it's an old post....
I just would like to clarify something folks ,
When you paint your concrete walls in a basement you are wasting your time and money if you do not have ...
A sealed exterior on the foundation such as tar or another waterproofing application....
And if you do not have a drainage system with gutters flowing away from the house.

The paint WILL come of in time due to Efflorecense, a white powdery material on the walls. This is salts or lime moving through the foundation via water vapor.

Nothing will stick....Be careful of marketing at it's best.


MoJoe 03-18-2006 09:20 PM

I'd have to agree, you need to address the cause of the leakage before you finish the basement. Sealing the walls will only cause more issues down the line. I spend a summer in college working for a basement waterproofing company and 60% of the homes we did work in had sealed walls that were either leaking or cracked becasue of the sealant. Fix the source of the water and the problem will go away. Either that or you pay a lot of money to have a sump pump system put in. Good luck.

milehigh_woodcrafter 04-04-2006 11:13 PM

french drain, or even more practical a good dehumidifier. you're right, carpet will sop up the moisture and cause problems down the road

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