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BV014574

04:00PM | 08/25/17
Noticed a few water leaks in my basement the other day (just moved in) and am a bit curious on this odd looking bottom layer to the block wall that meets the poured basement slab. Is this deteriorate block or something different?
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Glenda Taylor

04:50PM | 08/25/17
Member Since: 08/25/17
11 lifetime posts
Having been painted over, it's hard to tell. It could be that someone re-pointed a bit of the mortar along the bottom edge before painting, or it could be original and some of the mortar crumbled out and was then painted over.

Did they disclose knowledge of leaks in the basement? The paint looks new but it's tough to tell on that little image.

A lot of basements have leaks and if they're small, and you're not using the basement as a living space, it's probably okay. Monitor it, though. There are a number of things you can do to keep water away from your foundation, hence, reduce leaks. Make sure your gutters are clean and draining away from the foundation. The grade of the yard should be at least 2% away from the foundation and remove foundation plantings if the leaks are troublesome.

BV014574

09:55PM | 08/25/17
Appreciate the suggestions. No, they did NOT disclose any leaks in the basement which is what has caught me off guard. The paint is certainly new-ish, and I wonder if it's a paint designed for basements as I can easily cut large parts away that have bubbled - but there is NO moisture or mold underneath the parts I've peeled away so far.


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