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Please HELP! Need advice on basement moisture on home inspection!!

Please HELP! Need advice on basement moisture on home inspection!!

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Old 07-05-17, 01:12 PM
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Please HELP! Need advice on basement moisture on home inspection!!

We are currently under contract on our home, and the new buyers had a completed inspection and the report was sent over to us.

The inspector noted moisture issues in the basement and efflorescence present along the basement wall near the floor.

The efflorescence line is just a white line that is about 3-4 inches above the basement floor on the wall, and extends the entire stretch of our front basement wall, as well as along the two sides up until the concrete meets the studs on the side walls.

The moisture reading is 30% at the efflorescence line and directly above it, it is 6%

We have never had any water issues in our basement and no leaks, cracks, or standing water so this has completely shocked us.

Does anyone have ANY idea what could be causing this and what the necessary steps of repair would be??
 
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Old 07-05-17, 01:24 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Eflorescence is caused by water vapor migrating through the block bringing soluble salts to the surface. It's not harmful but it is an indicator of higher than normal water in the ground.

It's very important that all the gutter and downspouts are clean and working properly.

It's also important that the landscaping, especially gardens near the house, be pitched away from the house to carry water away from the foundation.
 
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Old 07-05-17, 02:59 PM
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Thank you!

Our lot unfortunately slopes down toward our home, but we had French drain systems professionally installed a few years ago to prevent standing water as well as to assist in draining all water away from our home.

Someone mentioned with the way it is currently showing only near the floor of all the concrete walls in the basement, that it may be the drain tile system that is installed near the footings of the foundation. Any insight on this?
 
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Old 07-06-17, 01:16 AM
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Do you have a sump pump and is it functioning correctly?

This does not sound like an issue, but I suspect the buyers are using this to create a problem.
 
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