07:03PM | 08/26/04
Member Since: 08/25/04
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I'm helping out a single parent mom with some handy work around her house. In Minnesota we have some houses that have partial basements. The full size windows are just above ground level, so on the inside of the basement, the first four feet are cement block then the upper half of the walls, above ground, are wood stud construction. The problem is there is moisture behind lower portion of the walls. The base boards are rotten, the drywall is moldy & crumbling. The small fir studs behind the s/rock are rotted on the bottoms and some are rotted further up. After ripping the s/rock off the lower four feet, (the part covering the block), I could see the lower 2-3 feet of the bock wall is uniformly wet looking. They used celotex between the studs, directly against the block wall, and a poly vapor barrier directly under the drywall. Maybe the celotex wicked the moisture? I'm thinking of painting the inside block wall with one of those water proofing paints, then replacing the lower half of the wall as it was. Only I can't be sure why so moisture was there in the first place. The house is fairly new, built in 1996. The block wall physically looks good. Before starting the repair of the inside wall, I removed some Spreading Yew plants that were on the outside against the wet wall. I also dug down about 8 inches and layed some thick black poly sloping away from the foundation, and filled it back in with dirt to the normal height with a slope away from the house. There are operational drain gutters on that side of the house also. Any thoughts? Thanks

Bubba B


08:51PM | 09/08/04
Member Since: 09/08/04
5 lifetime posts
Mold should be eliminated emidiatly, before it gets to your families health. Get it cleaned and eliminated Immediatly. But take lots of pictures, document everything, and get to your laywer first, the builder did something wrong, in a house this new.

I hope you can solve this sooner rather than later.

Just as I know it - I tell it straight


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