basemrnt wet...

Old 07-29-03, 06:40 AM
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basemrnt wet...

hello there,
the basement of this house has been transormed from a crawl
space to a 6feet , the humidity is really heavy...About two gallon
of water get cooolected by the humidyfair.
What can be done to eliminate the problem ar reduce it.
Appreciated is your help.
Old 07-29-03, 10:19 AM
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You did not say how long ago the crawl space was dug out. I am assuming it was just recently done. If so, it takes months and even years for cement to cure. In the beginning a lot of the curing has to do with the cement expelling the moisture inside it. This would account for the high humidity levels you are experiencing. In fact this is good because the longer it takes cement to cure, the stronger the cement becomes and less likely that cracks will form in the cement. If this is the case, I would recommend you refrain from using the dehumidifier. Consider just leaving the windows in the basement open when you are home to ventilate the area naturally.

The other consideration is the ground around the perimeter of the basement walls was excavated and then back filled. It was probably not well compacted. This makes the dirt around the basement walls not only less compacted but less than the dirt surrounding it. This means that the dirt nearest to the basement walls can hold more water than its surrounding area. This puts more water up against the basement walls. The best thing to do here is extend your downspouts at least 8 feet away from the house

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