Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

smitty53

01:32PM | 04/30/09
Member Since: 04/29/09
1 lifetime posts
We had a spill from an old fuel oil furnace tank that was not removed when the new furnace was installed. Have cleaned the floor many times with degreaser agents but we still have the diesel smell. Have painted that area with Kilz basement paint but in places the paint has turned a tan color and is a little sticky to touch. Now we are thinking about pouring self leveling concrete over top. Would this get rid of the smell problem?

KingVolcano

05:18PM | 04/30/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
271 lifetime posts
Diesel is a petroleum product that contains quite a few chemicals.

The problem is now that you painted over the area, remediation of the oil is not more difficult.

There are a few microbial products on the market designed to eat petroleum. However, since it is diesel, you may need to use a few different products. First you would need to scrape all of the paint off.

Call Aabaco - (800) 423-8850. They offer such products.

Your other option is to have the basement floor shot blasted. This procedure is incredibly dusty and noisy. However, your concrete will now have a uniform profile perfect for an epoxy floor coating.

Peter H.

12:04PM | 07/26/12
Member Since: 04/26/12
13 lifetime posts
I agree with KingVolcano, you should shot blast the basement floor. Diesel can be a pain to clean up and it would probably just be easier to shot blast it. Then you can put in a new epoxy floor and it won't even look the same.


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