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capperroma

06:01AM | 08/14/07
Member Since: 08/09/07
5 lifetime posts
I read somewhere that a lot of moisture seeps into the basement rhough concrete floors. Seems logical since we have french drains, a sump pump (that nevers seems to go on) and yet there is still moisture in the basement. Does anyone know the basiss of this? Is it a type of "osmosis" as someone posted?

KingVolcano

06:34PM | 09/11/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
There is no one answer for your question. There are many factors that can contribute to moisture on your basement floor. Water table levels, drainage, type of soil under the cement are just a few. Also humidity levels in the basement can sometime create moisture on a cool cement slab.

Hydrostatic testing can shed light on it for you.

You can try the following:

1.Clean and dry a section of your floor.

2. Take a piece of plastic wrap and duct tape it to the floor in your basement.

3. Over time, check to see if moisture is under the plastic wrap or on top of it.

Good Luck

capperroma

03:20AM | 09/12/07
Member Since: 08/09/07
5 lifetime posts
Thanks. Now why didn't I think to do that! I am on my way to the basement to give this a try.


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