Drying out masonry?


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Old 09-20-21, 06:39 AM
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Drying out masonry?

My house was built in '54 and has an old cellar room in the basement. I wanted to fix it up a little for better storage. However, I cant seem to dry out this block. The dark areas are the wet spots in the pic. Any ideas? I was going to apply DRYLOK to the whole room. Thanks!



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Old 09-20-21, 06:59 AM
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DryLoc wont fix a wet problem, especially on the inside, it's just going to seal it in the block, maybe!
 
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I realize DRYLOK will not dry it out. The question is how do you dry it?
 
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The problem is that it's probably being continuously wetted from the outside. You can try fans blowing on the area but if the water is seeping in faster than you are evaporating it away the area will never dry.
 
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Old 09-20-21, 11:18 AM
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T
he question is how do you dry it?
As expected it really needs to start on the exterior surface to shed the water from the block itself and channel it to a foundation drain at the bottom of the wall where it can flow to a sump to be removed.

Simple analogy but application can be challenging in an existing structure!
 
 

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