sealing a basement

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Old 08-12-00, 12:30 PM
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We have a 240 year old, pre-revolutionary, home with a basement and crawl space with the original stone and dirt foundation. Although there is no overt water, there is a damp odor, which a dehumidifier does not adequately correct, and the dirt between the stones crumbles onto the floor. We'd like to achieve a clean and neat appearance and get rid of the smell, retaining the appearance of the wall. What technique would you recommend?
 
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Old 08-12-00, 04:15 PM
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Now I'm envious - there isn't anything out here more than 80-100 yrs old. One thought. To maintain the integrity of the home, its historic value, and your investment I would suggest you contact EARLY AMERICAN HOMES, 6405 Flank Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112-2753 or at eah@cowles.com. This is a publication that specializes in homes such as yours and has wide contact with people who specialize in the maintenance of and restoration of such homes. They will know who to contact in your area. That way you can work with someone familiar with these types of foundations (typical for the period), maintain the look, and solve your problem.

One such group is the American Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. There are several such groups on the eastern seaboard where all these neat homes are located. The above can help put you in contact.

One other group is the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Department PA, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036. They can also help you find someone
familiar with your needs.
 
 

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