basement woes.. help

Old 08-30-03, 06:18 AM
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basement woes.. help

we are building a house at the beach in new york. during april and may when we had monsoon rains, not a drop of water in the basement.

now in july and aug with basically no rain, we have a couple of small puddles in 2 corners of the basement.

the builder says its condensation, and he is probably correct, as in the middle of the basement are a few alumunum ladders, and if you run your hand over them, they are wet.

since we plan to finish this basement this winter, what steps should the builder and/or we take.

the outside of the foundation has the usual tar on it. the builder said since the soil is very sandy it would be a waste of money to use plastic/etc on the outside.

Old 08-30-03, 07:21 AM
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Your builder is probably correct. You have a high humidity problem. You have sandy soil, so not moisture there. but what you do have is an ocean and land colliding, which with concrete, sets up a great humidity situation. I would get a good humidifier. Not a little one, but a good one. Set it up to operate 24 hours a day for about a month. Also get a good box fan and get a ventilation draft going. Whis will get your humidity down. Put a humidity guage in your basement to watch its progress. Good Luck.

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