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basement problems with frozen water

Posted by northnj (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 23, 09 at 10:35

The house (bank owned) I am buying was flooded with 3 feet of water three months ago. Now the water is fozen. I like the house but afraid of basement or foundation damage. It is a 1956 split level with a finished basement under the livingroom (concrete floor and masonry blocks). I am pretty sure that I need to deal with mold problem. But would frozen water damage the foundation? What should I look for once water is pumped out (hopefully it will happen soon). Any hidden/future damage that may not show up? What would be the cost to fix the damage (need to negotiate price with bank). Additionally, the moisture level in the house is high. I think I will gut all the walls and ceiling to avoid future mold problem. How much would it cost (about 2000 square feet floor space -- open walls, replace insulation and drywall)? Thank you in advance for your help.

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RE: basement problems with frozen water

If the water is frozen, so are the footings and floor underneath. When they thaw out in the spring they very likely will subside, cracking the foundation and the floor badly and seriously affecting the structure above too.

Then there's the question of where did the water come from in the first place. It sounds like burst pipes. But if it's from another cause, even more problems.

As far as I'm concerned, it's land value only!

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