This is a multi-part posting.
Our basement walls are cinderblock. We do not get actual water in on the floor. We do not get water running down the walls (yet!) We get those dark areas on the cinderblock after it has rained heavily. It's apparent that dampness is getting to the inside of the walls. In some areas we are getting that white residue on the walls also. Last year we had new gutters & downspouts put on. We added several additional downspouts, and had extra wide gutters and downspouts installed. That took care of the problem of the gutters overflowing during a heavy rain. We have a 90+ foot rancher, and the two original downspouts on either end could not keep up with the volumn of rain coming off of a roof that long. The downspouts carry the water away several feet from the house. Our land is flat around the house.
I have read several postings by a member here called LicensedWaterproofer. I have to agree with him in that the system that the B-Dry company promotes is not a great idea. I want to keep the water/dampness from even getting to the inside of my walls to start with. I agree that digging down the outside of the foundation walls, and treating the outside of the walls is a better answer. I don't think that that standard tar stuff that most builders use does that great of a job either. Our house is 17 years old and we bought it from someone else. After hearing about the original builder from several of the neighbors, I wouldn't be surprised to find that he didn't put anything on the outside of the foundation walls. However, we have a 90+ foot rancher, so I can only imagine the cost of having the dirt dug away down to the footers. Hubby and I keep having this argument. He doesn't want to do something that extreme. However, he wants to finish the inside of the basement. My argument is, why finish something that you know dampness is getting into?
One thing hubby is telling me is that they do not always put the drain tile around the OUTSIDE of the foundation when building a house. That sometimes the drain tile is layed on the INSIDE before pouring the floor. Is this possible? I thought the whole point of drain tiles was to carry water away from the OUTSIDE of the house, to a sump pump. We have a sump pump. I can see two big black pipes coming into the sump pump hole, on either side. The one pipe I can see where it's wet after raining, which tells me water is getting to it somehow. The other pipe always looks dry. That makes me suspicious. Is there some way of telling HOW they ran the drain tile when they built the house?
Another problem is, they put a Bilco door on the outside entrance to the basement. There is a pre-cast step unit that was put up against the house. It was sealed to the house and the Bilco doors set on top of that. There is NO drain at the bottom of the stairs. The outside doors on the Bilco are kept closed, but when it's been raining a lot, water starts to come up underneath the stairs, at the landing at the bottom, and overflows into the basement. We've checked it, and water isn't coming down the stairs. Hubby and I agree that just putting a drain hole in the bottom of the stairs won't do it. He's thinking of having a drain that drains down to where the drain tile is, so that it can carry the water away. Does this sound like a good idea?
Lastly, has anyone installed the E-Z Breathe home ventilation system in their basement? They claim it takes the place of a dehumidifier. Experiences? Thanks...
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