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steves



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:56 am    Post subject: Basement Walls Rehab Reply with quote

I am sure this was beaten to death at one time or another, but I can not find much valuable information elsewhere.

I have a 1900 built home (double-wythe brick) with a moisture problem in the basement. I have corrected some apparent issues with gutters, etc. However, it remains damp. (90% RH even with 2 dehumidifiers running).

The basement wall coating were in VERY bad shape...peeling, plaster falling off, etc. I stripped them down to the bare brick and stone foundation and very judiciously power washed them. They now look GREAT and are clean. (horrible musty smell gone too!)

I now have to coat and refinish them. Any words of wisdom as to what product(s) to use and how to apply?

Thanks!
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steves



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:58 am    Post subject: Anyone? Reply with quote

Surely, SOMEONE has some words of wisdom!?
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the problem before was the coatings, perhaps the solution now is to leave the walls bare with no coatings.

Moisture is likely to continue moving in through the walls. Any coating you put on the inside of the walls will probably not be able to stop the water from coming through.

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jade



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of websites to look at.....
www.waterproofinginfo.com
www.abatron.com

good luck......and stay dry....
Jade
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sswiat



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that before recoating them, you really have to determine why you have such high moisture. Correcting or reducing the mositure problem would be the first issue.

I would recommend this website for information:

web.utk.edu/~btschant/wet.htm.


Any coating you put on without correcting the water problems will probably have a short life. In addition, the mildew smell is a sign of mold growth which other than the unpleasant smell could become a issue if anyone has respitatory problems.


Best of luck.
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