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Old 10-08-2010, 11:53 PM  
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The basement of my 1942 home in Portland, Oregon is in what might politely be called 'sub-optimal' shape. Lots of moisture here and the walls aren't in great shape. I realize that the problem is only really solved through serious excavation and treatment from the outside or raising the house and simply pouring a new foundation. Since neither of those things are financially possible, right now what is the best way to deal with it?



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Old 10-09-2010, 06:26 AM  
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try this - clean the walls & apply some xypex - its a crystalline material that will penetrate the concrete pores & stop moisture migration IF the problem's originating from the exterior,,, IF its interior moisture, humidifier or air exchanger's best.

xypex isn't expensive & its fairly easy to apply,,, your local const supply house/masonary restoration supply will stock it OR an equivalent product,,, bear in mind moisture will still penetrate the wall to the depth of the absorbed xypex,,, no financial interest.


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Old 10-09-2010, 02:50 PM  
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Would thee be a problem with the foundation cracking if water seeps in then freezes because it can't get out? My guess is that it's not that big a worry here - it never gets that cold in the winter...

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the likelihood of more cracking's always a possibility however i'd bet more damage's likely from the cause of the crk in the 1st place,,, absent freezing temps & frost, just treat it as a normal crk.
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