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petperson

09:55AM | 05/28/06
Member Since: 05/27/06
3 lifetime posts
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Hi all

I need advice and FAST! There is a GORGEOUS home I am interetsed in buying but it is on a slope and the realtor said the crawl space is dirt and then there is cellar(I have not gone in the clellar yet which BTW is ONLY accessible by hatchway!!!!) There is a sump pump. House built in 1930. My Q is ....how likely is it that this water in the basement can damage the HOUSE? Is there anything I cand o? They basically said that the basemet is 'unusable because of seepage and I do not care but what about any impact it might have on the house .? Any ideas ?

THANKS MUCH!

LicensedWaterproofer

11:57AM | 05/28/06
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts


how likely could water in the basement damage a house?

you haven`t gone in basement yet?

"They"...told you basement is unusable because of seepage.

Well, water in basement can certainly lead to MOLD

Also, if you haven`t seen the basement then you have no idea what shape/condition the basement walls are in....thats REAL important...lol. Cracked/bowing/buckled wall(s) can lead to other problems.

And...Radon gas...better have a radon test done BEFORE you buy. Radon kills about 21,000 every Year, thats MORE than drunk drivers!

http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/physic.html#Character

Radon enters from the.. SOIL THROUGH cracks in floors (dirt floors) and cracks in basement walls, floor drains,sump pumps,construction joints,and tiny cracks or pores in hollow-BLOCK Walls...etc.

http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldbasics.html

Why basement walls Crack,bow,buckle,fail

http://www.al-home-inspections.com/news-articles/article-4.html

http://bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/Why_Foundations_Fail-Foundation-A2095.html

6th-7th paragraph..... http://www.yodergroup.com/concrete.asp

Termites ruin many homes....insects often ENTER homes Through OUTSIDE openings/crevices

http://www.mipca.org/Termites.htm


petperson

01:03PM | 05/28/06
Member Since: 05/27/06
3 lifetime posts
Thanks fr all the info. Your radon info did scare me. Having said thayt, people get 10 days to inspect a home....looks like radon test results take several weeks/just don't see who that is 'do-able'.

OK, if the walls are not cracked etc ...would you say there is a better chance of no damage to the house or ??

My husband is going 'down under' Tuesday!

petperson

01:30PM | 05/28/06
Member Since: 05/27/06
3 lifetime posts
Hey,

Isn't there any type of 'waterproofing' that a pro can do to alleviate these problems at least SOMEWHAT or no ???

LicensedWaterproofer

06:22PM | 05/28/06
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts


see other/earlier basement waterproofing posts, lots of info `n other links
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