Old Damp Basement

Old 03-20-01, 06:35 AM
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My finacÚ and I have an old farmhouse (> 100 y.o.). The basement is consistantly damp and has some standing water after long storms in the winter. The walls are rough stone and the morter is crubling at the surface but seems solid deeper. No stones are lose. The floor is concrete and fairly strong.

As you might imagine, there is a severe mold problem.

I've been reading other posts about Dry-Lok and I have a couple of questions.

* Do you need to paint over Dry Lok, one post said yes, others imply that they left it without more paint?

* Will I be hastening the decomposition of the morter and cement floor if I simply Dry Lok over them? What are the long term consequences of sealing the floors and walls from the inside only?

* What is "tiling" in regards to basements, one quote said they were sure their basement hadn't been "tiled"?

* What would be the "right" way of dealing with an old basement like this?
Old 03-22-01, 04:46 AM
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Basement Water


Since your house is 100+ years old, I was wondering if it has gutters? Adding gutters, and making sure the ground around the house slopes away from the foundation may eliminate the standing water problem.

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