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Need suggestions for fixing, cleaning & water-proofing the basement walls

Need suggestions for fixing, cleaning & water-proofing the basement walls


Old 05-25-13, 09:30 AM
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Question Need suggestions for fixing, cleaning & water-proofing the basement walls

We live in a 1930's all-brick house, and the time has finally come for us to do our basement, which has been already demo'ed. We live about 3/4 of a mile from the water, and we are about 70 feet above sea level. Thankfully, the basement has no leaks through any of it's walls or the floor

As you can see by the photo, we need to fix cracks, scrape off the old paint/junk from the walls (blocks), have them waterproofed from any extra humidity / moisture and then painted. We will be using metal studs in the construction with green sheetrock everywhere (except ceiling), however there will be two machine-room closets (one for boiler / heater, and the other for electrical / gas meters) that will have the walls non-covered for access.

Can anyone suggest what water-proofing, crack sealent and paint to use so that it lasts well and the walls don't start peeling in a couple of years?
Also, any other suggestions are much appreciated.
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Old 05-25-13, 09:34 AM
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Most any paint will adhere to a clean dry surface. The main reason paint fails on the inside of foundation walls is because moisture comes thru the foundation lifting the paint. If the foundation is well sealed and drained on the exterior - there shouldn't be any issues with the paint.

Depending on the size, most cracks can be filled with either a hydraulic cement or caulking.

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