06:26AM | 09/04/05
Member Since: 09/03/05
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I recently bought a house and the walkout basement is finished. The problem is that where the floors meet the outside walls, there is a cement "lip". The baseboard molding is attached at an angle to cover it up but it looks bad. I want to know if anyone has this problem and what they did to fix it or if anyone knows how to fix it or cover it up. I would guess the lip or footing is about 3/4" above the floor and about 1" out from the wall. I don't know if they just didn't bring the wall far enough out to meet the lip or what. It is totally finished and I can't justify ripping everything out and starting over. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


12:51AM | 09/06/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
Where the floor meets the bottom of bsmt wall is called isolation joint--some call it a cold joint. Anyways, everytime i have seen various ways of a builder or former homeowner putting cement lips--coves along the I-joint it was because they had water coming onto bsmt floor And/Or there was a gap, a space along the I-joint and heard/thought/was told this should be done to help keep water off the floor.

How long have you been in this house? Poured--block walls? Finished you are pretty much blinded as to seeing any possible water stains/efflorescence/some molds etc on walls behind drywall/paneling. Did seller disclose ANY seepage/leakage in ANY areas of basement?

Was any kind of 'inside' water-diverting method would see either 18" to 2' of concrete strip or 'apron'(bsmt floor) removed & replaced along the walls.


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