Cold & Wet...what should I do? (long)
I have a concrete block basement & poured floor under a 43 yr old ranch house. We are near enough to the river to have a somewhat high water table, combined with being near the bottom of an incline. In my second and third years in the house we had a lot of snow and spring rains which led to 2" - 3" of water in most of the basement. We then had a perimeter drain & sump pump installed, so for the past two years we've only had maybe 1/2" in certain areas. And one wall weeps. This year, we also replaced our old inefficient boiler -- which was throwing off enough heat to keep the basement relatively comfy -- with a new high efficiency one.
I have no intention of fully finishing the basement. It is only used for storage, an excercise area and a workroom area. I just want it to be dry and warm enough to work or workout down there without gloves and scarf, and to reduce moisture damage to the stuff that's stored down there. (I do run a dehumidifier, but it's not enough to prevent mildew and that musty smell.)
So here's the question(s):
1)Should I Drylok the weeping walls to prevent water penetration, or allow the walls to weep and that water to evaporate? I'm afraid of I Drylok the water will simply find somewhere else (worse!?) to go.
2)Keeping in mind the weeping issue, is there a way to insulate the walls to make up for the heat loss resulting from the new boiler?
3) If I use DriCore on the floor, does it allow for enough evaporation, or will I have mold growing underneath it? Do I need to pull it up if water gets under it?
Sorry this is so long....it's been weighing heavily on my mind for a while and it only just occurred to me that I could ask over here. Thanks for any help.