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leedbug08

11:18AM | 11/21/05
Member Since: 11/19/05
4 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
I live in a one story 50+ year old house in Michigan. The basement walls are made of cinder block. The exterior of the blocks are deteriating. They are painted. I need to know what I can do to stop it? What I can do to repair any damage that is already done? Did the paint cause the deteriation?

Please give me any suggestions you might have!!!

Thank you!!

Alisha

LicensedWaterproofer

12:10PM | 11/21/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts


Hi Ali,

questions plz, do you mean that the Outside blocks that are 'above ground level' are deteriorating? Or, the blocks ya see in basement? Just wanna be sure....have any Pics?


leedbug08

01:56PM | 11/21/05
Member Since: 11/19/05
4 lifetime posts
Its the blocks that are above ground level that are deteriorating. Sorry no pics.

Thanks,

Alisha

krxman

04:43PM | 11/21/05
Member Since: 11/16/05
5 lifetime posts
You're sure it's the blocks and not the mortar between them? Also, are you sure it's not just efflorescence (though that usually shows up on the inside, I think)?

leedbug08

04:20AM | 11/24/05
Member Since: 11/19/05
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I am sure its the blocks themselves and not the morter in between. I am not sure what efflorenscene realy is. Do you?

Thank you,

Alisha

LicensedWaterproofer

08:29AM | 11/24/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts


Hey Ali,

where in Mich are you? the blocks that are deteriorating, are they only along 1 wall/side of house or more? And is it the first course(row) or 2 of blocks 'just above ground level' that are in bad-shape or more? or maybe the blocks ya see in bad shape are at/near/behind a downspout?

leedbug08

01:44PM | 11/28/05
Member Since: 11/19/05
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for answering my post. The blocks are bad on all four walls. It seems to be the majority of the blocks are bad. We do not have any downspouts on the house.

Let me know if you have any more comments or suggestions.

Thanks again,

Alisha

LicensedWaterproofer

12:38AM | 11/29/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts


Ali,

as always its best to 'see' exactly what the homeowners problem is, ya know? Can ya email me pics? like i say, you can call if you like or as long as your Not in upper Pen. i could come by `n take a look, its free,lol.....up to you kid.


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