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sripathi

10:47AM | 08/07/01
Member Since: 08/06/01
8 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
Hiya! We just moved into our own home fully aware that the problem of wet basement can be taken care of. Our home is at a level below the other homes and our basement is always wet. I have installed a sump-pump and have drained out all the water. The basement smells of mold. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this problem?

Thanks.

Jay J

11:11AM | 08/07/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi sripathi,

Sure you can get rid of it. But you have to 'find' the source.

Once you've located the mold/mildew, you can use a mixture of 1 cup of Household Bleach to 1 gallon of Water. If you need a stronger solution, double the Bleach to 2 cups, or more. (Do wear gloves and have a 'planned' way to ventilate while you're spraying!)

Spray the solution on w/a spray bottle and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, spray again, and let it sit again. Then spray a 3rd time and wipe (and rinse whatever you're using to wipe.) Do keep your 'clean water' bucket filled with CLEAN water. Otherwise, you'll simply xfer the mold/mildew back on whatever it is you're trying to clean. Clean from the BOTTOM, up; NOT the top, down. If you clean from the top, down, your 'cleaning work' will cause 'runs' and it will leave streaks behind. And when you're ALL finished, empty the bottle and just rinse and wipe with CLEAN water. (Then throw away the bottle since you had Bleach in it.)

Keep a mixture around in a gallon container that is WELL sealed (to keep kids out of it), and WELL labeled (for all to read.) When you get the 'smell' of M/M, pour some in the pit a few times until the pump has run the water through it.

As an aside, keep your eye out for future signs of M/M. It CAN return to the surfaces you've cleaned! If this is the case, you'll have to clean them again AND consider getting a Dehumidifier. Be sure you eliminate the sources of M/M from the basement. Things like venting your dryer vent in the living space are a no-no. You shouldn't have to do anything like 'vent' the basement. A totally enclosed/sealed basement can be controlled. Understand that M/M are caused by the right combination of the following 3 things: Moisture, Temperature, and Little-to-No Sunlight. If you can eliminate or dramatically alter just 1 of these 3 'conditions', your problem may go away. Alter each and every 1 of them, and the odds increase.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

sripathi

11:28AM | 08/07/01
Member Since: 08/06/01
8 lifetime posts
Hi Jay J,

Thanks for your prompt reply. Novices that we are, how can I find out the source? Any pointers?

Thanks.

Sri

Jay J

05:50AM | 08/08/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Where is all the M/M located?
Is the ENTIRE basement below ground? (If not, how much of it is?)
Where does the water 'come into' the basement?
Is the M/M only on the side of the house where everyone is UPHILL from you, or does it happen as well on the OPPOSITE side (downhill side) too?
Are you aware of water literally 'running' off of the UPHILL neighbor's property and onto yours?


Jay J -Moderator

sripathi

08:44PM | 09/08/01
Member Since: 08/06/01
8 lifetime posts
Jay:

A big mistake! We do not have a basement but what is called a crawlspace. We have installed a sumppump and have drained all the water out. The crawlspace is not yet dry but is moist.

Cheers,

Sripathi

Jay J

08:48AM | 09/10/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi,

I see your reply RE: crawlspace

But I'm not sure if we're 'done' here. I had some questions earlier on regarding you're interest in wanting to know the 'source' of the water. Where do we stand? Are we done?

Just wondering. I'm not sure if you need more info/help.

Jay J -Moderator

rpxlpx

08:54AM | 09/10/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Even if all the water is out, and you think it will now dry completely on its own, you should verify that there is plastic on the ground in the crawl space. If not, put some down. It did a world of good for my crawl space and only cost me about $20 and a couple of hours work. Well worth it, and it will solve a lot of problems with moisture.

sripathi

12:20PM | 09/12/01
Member Since: 08/06/01
8 lifetime posts
Hi Jay:

Thanks fo ryour reply. As for the source of reply, I am not sure of its source. But I have a strong suspicion that it is flowing in from the homes behind ours that are at a higher elevation than ours.

Cheers,

Sri

sripathi

12:22PM | 09/12/01
Member Since: 08/06/01
8 lifetime posts
Hi RPXLPX:

Are you suggesting that I cover the crawl space with plastic cover? Any instructions on how to do it?

Thanks.

Sri

Jay J

04:37PM | 09/12/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
(I guess we're not done. Sorry for butting in ...)

Yes, especially if the crawl's floor is dirt. Use 6 mil plastic which can be found in the Paint Aisle in the Home Center. (Painters use it a lot.) The color doesn't matter. What DOES matter is that it's NOT exposed to the sun. If any part is exposed to the sun, it will 'break down' the plastic. And don't forget to 'weigh down' the edges with gravel, bricks, pressure-treated lumber, or something like that. Level the dirt BEFORE hand so the moisture/water doesn't run to one particular location (unless you want it to do that in which case, you'd want to slope the dirt.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -MOderator

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