06:31AM | 08/19/03
Member Since: 09/05/02
3 lifetime posts

I have an older home (80+years) and I have an unfinished basement.
The drainage around the foundation is not very good which means I get a high level of moisture in the basement.
The floor slab was simply poured on top of clay so there is no drainage under the floor.

in the peak wet months I get extreme moisture on the floor. it's not really a puddle. I get a lot of wet spots on the floor.

I only use the basement to store my bikes and I have a small little spot where I keep my tools and of course the washer/ dryer are down there as well.

my question is the following:

I've been thinking about putting a DELTA (OSB with a dimpled plastic sub base) sub floor just so I wouldn't walk on the damp cement.
do I run the risk of making things worst in the basement by putting down this floor (in terms of the humidity)??

or will whatever humidity that was there before simply run under the floor and find it's out on the side?

Reason I'm using this product is because I can get it at cheap price from a friend. (entire basement will cost 600$ CDN) and it only takes away 7/8 of an inch from my headroom.. since it's an older home, it doesn't have much room to start.

thanks for any advice on this



07:23PM | 08/20/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
The ONLY way to deal with basement water/moisture problems as severe as yours is to treat your basement as a whole.

This means installing proper drainage in the interior/exterior foundation via french drains...

Placing at least 2 impermeable plastic sheeting layers over soil before placing concrete...

Treating outside foundation for liquid and water vapor tansmission...

Treating interior foundation walls for liquid and water vapor transmission...



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Colorful, useful, and fun, these tire planters form the foundation for a delightful container garden. Just spray-paint old... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon