I need help with a wet basement. I recently took possession of a house built in 1971. The basement is wet. Part condensation and I assume part leaking. The wooded backyard slants downhill toward the house and the gutters are clogged (I am cleaning those, don't worry). The last few weeks have had high humidity and the basement has that musty smell.
I will be pulling up the carpet and pulling off drywall against an exterior wall and tear down an interior wall that has mold on the bottom inch or two. There is a concrete slab on the floor, no vapor barrier or anything. What would you recommend to help with the fighting condensation and any leakage from the wall? I was going to paint the wall and floor with Drylok and put a vapor barrier down. Would this be a good idea or bad? A guy who was measuring for carpets thought it was a bad idea because the water "would have no where to go". He suggested putting the new carpet (and pad) right back down on the concrete slab. Suggestions?
Finally, in order to avoid water cause damage to interior walls that I replace, is there something I can install to "lift" the frame above the water level should water get in? (I'm not talking about a jack, but more of a way to build the wall on stilts so the wood doesn't come in contact with the wet floor?
Perplexed in NJ.
Perplexed in NJ
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