Basement wall dampness

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Old 06-11-13, 02:13 PM
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Basement wall dampness

Hi folks, I bought my first house 8 months ago. I need some advice on how to take care of a few problems. It is a brick house built in 1955. The basement is finished except for this small utility room. I noticed the spot on the wood when I moved in, and after 8 months it has not gotten much larger, but I want to take care of this properly.

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The window in the picture was broken, but I fixed that as soon as I moved in. I think that caused a lot of problems. However, when the inspector looked at the house 8 months ago, I remember him saying that I should seal up the crease where the outside wall and porch meet. And I guess I should replace the wood panel with the rot.

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1. What should I use to seal up the crease between the wall and porch ?
2. Should I paint the wood panels to try to 'seal' them ?
3. What type of paint should I use to paint the floor in the utility room ?
 
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Old 06-11-13, 02:45 PM
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#1 - I'd use a clear or grey elastomeric caulk
#2 - the paneling should be replaced, I suspect it has mold on the backside. If you must paint it - use an oil base primer and your choice of top coat.
#3 - you can use a porch and deck enamel but first it would be a good idea to make sure the concrete is really dry. Cheap easy way to test it is to tape some plastic tightly to a section of concrete for several days.
 
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