We recently purchased a home in Beverly, MA, where wet basements are a problem. We were very careful in our selection to make sure we got a home with a dry basement. We had a very thorough home inspection done, which revealed no evidence of the basement ever flooding. The owners, who were two guys who had bought and "flipped" the house, deny any flooding every occured in the home. The neighbors, who knew the previous owner report the basement never flooded.
Prior to moving in, we decided to have the entire interior painted, including the semi-submerged basement, which contains two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry and family room. The flippers had slapped a coat of paint on the basement walls, and it was a poor job, so we contracted to have it repainted. This house sat empty since last January, as it had been overpriced and needed some finishing work still. The house had not been dehumidified very welll, and the basement left cold. As soon as we turned on the basement heat, the lousy paint job the flippers did started peeling off the walls.
I understand that's an obvious moisture issue, they painted (and probably didn't prime) on walls that were probably cold and damp. Here's the mystifying part--this happened only on the lower 2 feet of the walls, it's like you could draw a line around the basement and from there down the paint peeled. Our painter asked if there had ever been a "great flood" in the basement and we took this question to the seller's attorney an received the response, NO, a thousand times no. Since we had also find some corroded contacts in a couple of the electrical outlets in the basement family room, we mentioned that also. The sellers do admit that after Mother's Day storm in New England last spring they did not dehumidify and that within a week the basement was like a sauna, with windows steamed--Would that cause corrosion on the contacts?
The head of the painting crew agreed that there is no evidence that there was a great flood in the basement, that there would be other signs of it had it happened.
So, why would the paint on the walls peel only on the bottom two feet of the walls?
I am going crazy over this, we are moving in next Friday, and all I keep thinking is "it's going to flood, it's going to flood."
Looking for an explanation that will stop my freak out!!!
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