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Damp Basement Questions

Posted by durutti (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 17, 09 at 9:53

My wife and I purchased our first home a couple of months ago. It is a 1950s Cape Cod located in the hills of western MA. The main issue we are dealing with is the damp basement. This is due mainly to two issues. First, the previous owners had the gutter water dump right at the foundation. To fix that I am installing an underground drainage system to take all that water to the storm drain.

Second is the condition of the basement concrete floor. There are a number of cracks, and the previous owners seemed to have dug up small portions of the concrete floor. This leads to capillary dampness around the cracks.

My question then is whether I can fix the capillary dampness by repairing the cracks with new cement (perhaps special cement is waterproof?), or whether the only way to really fix this is to pour a new floor entirely? TIA.

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RE: Damp Basement Questions

Exactly why did the previous owners dig up small portions of the concrete floor??? Were they burying something (someone)??

RE: Damp Basement Questions

LOL... I have no idea. Some of it makes sense (at some point they decided to put the oil line to the furance in the cement), put most doesn't. Just trying to find out if using a patch cement would be a good idea, or should the entire floor be recemented. Thanks.

RE: Damp Basement Questions

I considered the same thing in my basement to cover up asbestos tiles, but was told that the cement or concrete drying would create major problems for any wood surfaces nearby including the hardwood floors above.

RE: Damp Basement Questions

Intersting. We do have hardwood floors on the first floor. I guess I will stick with just regular cement then. Thanks for the input.

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