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mineola76

12:43PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
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Bvbasement
Hi, my husband and I have been having some issues with our basement. We do not have water in it but there are areas of humidity/moisture as well as mold. We have had some companies come and they want $10,000.00 plus to do work,we don't have that kind of money.

We saw what Sani-Tred offers and were considering getting their protects. My question is..does anyone know if their products are good, and would they need to be applied around the entire wall or certain spots. I forget to add that we have found on the exterior wall cracks within the concrete. Thanks.

KingVolcano

02:01PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
No matter what, you would need to address the mold problem if it is on the same walls you intend on coating.

I'm not sure what you mean by not having a water problem, but have moisture. Is the moisture condensation?

Do you have a stone, concrete block or poured concrete foundation?

Sani-Tred would be used if you were trying to keep water out.

Typically Sani-Tred would be applied like a membrane to the entire foundation.

Cracks would need to be addressed.

Without seeing the problem, it is difficult to state with accuracy what is a proper fix. Please provide more information and pics if possible. I would be willing to talk over the phone, but rather post everything here for the benefit of others.

mineola76

02:33PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
10 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply. Based on what we've seen and on the last visit from a basement waterproofing company there is no actual water that has entered in. The basement is partially finished and as far as cracks they are visible from the exterior. We have drywall on the finished part that has to come down. However when you look at that wall you can see spots that appear to have suffered water damage..and there is carpeting in that section. Underneath the carpeting there is a definite area of mold to be seen. You asked what type of foundation/wall is there...our blocks are of concrete. We say there is a problem with humidity b/c there is a musty/humid smell that you get when you come downstairs and we have a dehumidifier running 24/7 to work on that. I will try to take some pictures soon, and my husband plans to take down the drywall and get rid of the carpeting as soon as he can. Thanks.

mineola76

02:34PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
10 lifetime posts
Have you actually used the Sani-Tred products and if so were you pleased with the results?

KingVolcano

04:32PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Please make sure your husband protects himself from mold exposure when he removes the infected materials. Remove all material through the bulkhead if possible. You do not want to bring infected materials into the living space. Also, you do not want to store any items from the basement in the living space unless they are free of mold. I cannot stress the importance of properly treating your home for mold.

Once you remove the drywall and carpet you will most likely notice a big difference. Carpet will retain moisture as will drywall.

The smell could be from active mold. When mold is active you will notice the "musty" smell. If you remove the food sources for mold you will reduce the smell. However you will need to have the basement treated to kill the mold, it won't just go away.

Once you remove the infected building materials and mold, live with the basement for a while before you decide to do anything to the walls. You may not need Sani-Tred or any other product. It does not seem like you have a water issue that warrants Sani-Tred.

Money may be better spent installing a Humidex system. This system will ventilate the air in the basement so it will never be stagnant.

I hope this makes sense. If not please let me know.

mineola76

06:09PM | 08/24/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
10 lifetime posts
We really appreciate your responses. I am posting some pictures to give you a better idea of what we're looking at both inside and a couple from outside.

Take a look at them and then share any additional thoughts.
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mineola76

06:12PM | 08/24/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
10 lifetime posts
a view from the outside
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mineola76

06:13PM | 08/24/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
10 lifetime posts
a view from inside
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mineola76

06:14PM | 08/24/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
10 lifetime posts
a different inside view, from the carpeting by the water meter
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mineola76

06:16PM | 08/24/09
Member Since: 08/22/09
10 lifetime posts
this is by the carpeting, the last one is of the sump pump
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