02:31PM | 12/05/04
Member Since: 12/04/04
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I bought this house 2 yrs. ago and it was only 3 yrs.old. The basement is 1400 sq. ft. with block walls and a dirt floor. I live in S.C. It is approx. 8 feet tall. My problem is that I have alot of moisture down there. I live on a sloped lot with the front door about 2 feet above ground and the back door is at least 10 feet above. I have tried to heat basement with a 100,000 btu kerosene heater. I put a box fan in the window to suck the air out through the vents.(12 vents) I have had about 4 different companys out here and the said to put a drainage pipe leading from front of house where water comes in to the back of the house to let it drain. but what a bout the moisture. I have heard put a vapor barrier down with pea gravel over that then cement over that. In a couple of the spots where water was coming in under footers I put quickcrete under footers per the people that built this house. But it just found a new path. I need some HELP???? I was also told to paint the block walls with Drylok.


04:48AM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 03/05/04
26 lifetime posts
most of us as homeowners will always have water"under" our basement floor....period.And you Don`t have a floor! So...not surprising at all. I would start with a floor...why wasnt there a floor put in when house was being built? Jesus! Anyways...Drylock is not going to do 1 is a paint! If you or any homeowner has a crack on the outside of a wall,block/poured etc, then how is it possible for a'paint' to Stop water from entering the crack on the outside of the wall....its Not gonna happen.Whoever recomends that kinda stuff..does Not know what they R talking about..another myth about basement waterproofing.If i was you, i`d have a floor put in(by someone who knows what they R doing), if you still have water coming in at a certain place--area of the wall,then it will need to be dug out'waterproofed'from the outside ONLY where you R leaking inside.Do Not be talked in to having anymore footage done than you need.Many companies use all kinds of lies to get more footage,work. If you live in a hig water table area...the last thing you may need is a sump-pump which its only use is to control the water level under a basement floor.So, you may want to have that installed when the floor is poured.Running underground drain tile"diverts SURFACE water" away from the house,it doesnt divert all water away and certainly doesnt keep all water away from the bsmt walls. gl


11:47AM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 12/04/04
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what about the wetness in there? My tools are rusting in my big toolbox?


01:16PM | 12/14/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
175 lifetime posts
You're looking at a new cement floor complete with 6 inches of crushed rock below it, and a plastic sheet on the bottom of it all. Water vapor will rise up through the ground continuosly. I don't know why theres no floor either. A floor will prevent this. C.
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