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100 year old bick and motar foundation moisture

Posted by dbruhn (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 29, 09 at 16:00

Our farm house is a 100 years old and the basement was finished a couple years ago. The stairway leading down to the basement is right next to the foundation. Because the stairway was narrow the builder was unable to frame and drywall over it. Instead they put a compound over it and then painted it. Well, as time has passed the compound has started to bubble in a few places from a bit of moisture making its way through. We considered just bead boarding over it but the foundation wall is bowed so it's a no go. The wall is never wet to the touch so it's not a big deal but it's not very pretty to look at. Someone recommended glazing the wall and that should keep any moisture out. Was wondering if this is a good idea or if anyone else has any other ideas?

Thanks,

Dan


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RE: 100 year old bick and motar foundation moisture

See page 5 in the link below for the advice of building scientists.

Using an impermeable coating on the brick will result in damaged brick as the moisture drive in the winter is to the interior.

Here is a link that might be useful: Renovating Existing Basements


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