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06-30-11, 01:05 PM
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Views: 1,398
Posted By CyFree

The fact that water began to pour in indicates...

The fact that water began to pour in indicates the lack of proper foundation drainage which doesn't come as a surprise for a house built in the 1860's.

Plugging the hole will not solve the...
06-30-11, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,062
Posted By CyFree

For problems in the crawl space, the solution is...

For problems in the crawl space, the solution is a process called crawl space encapsulation.

Crawl Space Encapsulation - a knol by Cynthia Freeney...
06-30-11, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 15,841
Posted By CyFree

Personally I think you already spent more than...

Personally I think you already spent more than you should on a 10 year old unit that, no matter how well you fix, will never run as efficiently and a new energy-efficient model.

Given the...
06-30-11, 12:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,636
Posted By CyFree

He is liable

The owner of the unit upstairs in liable for any damages to your unit.
You can probably get him to fix the problem or pay for the fix and sue him in small claims court.

Regardless of who pays...
06-30-11, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 14,068
Posted By CyFree

How about something like this? ...

How about something like this?
http://i980.photobucket.com/albums/ae283/CyFree/TBF%20Products/turtl.jpg
11-22-10, 10:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,983
Posted By CyFree

That configuration shown in the picture is indeed...

That configuration shown in the picture is indeed an internal perimeter drainage system, but is definitely not a Basement Systems one, as someone here suggested.

Considering the size of the hole...
11-04-10, 11:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 14,118
Posted By CyFree

Actually, none of these approaches is 100%...

Actually, none of these approaches is 100% effective to control moisture in the crawl space.

If you leave part of the ground uncovered, you are still allowing some level of ground moisture to...
12-09-09, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 80,884
Posted By CyFree

If you are willing to go with laminates, please...

If you are willing to go with laminates, please pick a laminate that is engineered to work in basements, which means, laminates that are not made with wood, or anything organic and have no foam...
12-08-09, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,684
Posted By CyFree

ThermalDry is rigid plastic, not flexible. Now...

ThermalDry is rigid plastic, not flexible. Now that you told us just how uneven the floor is, you might need to even up things a bit.

As for saying it is an expensive choice, you would need...
12-04-09, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,684
Posted By CyFree

Your best option would be plastic basement...

Your best option would be plastic basement sub-floor mats under the carpet.

Beware of the hardware store brands which are lined with a wooden surface. Just like plywood sub-floors, they soak up...
12-04-09, 10:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 80,884
Posted By CyFree

Basement flooring options

Not a good idea to install carpet without a sub-floor, specially on newly poured concrete.

Even after it settles, there will be a lot of moisture seeping through from the ground. Carpet will soak...
08-26-09, 02:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By CyFree

The lack of a good vapor barrier is probably...

The lack of a good vapor barrier is probably causing some of the problems.

Without inspecting the place it is hard for anyone here to see how serious the problem is, but by what you describe, you...
Replies: 1
Views: 967
Posted By CyFree

Nowadays you can actually install a drain tile...

Nowadays you can actually install a drain tile system inside the basement, along the interior perimeter of the basement walls.

It is done by jack hammering a few inches off the slab, where it...
08-11-09, 01:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,321
Posted By CyFree

Personally I think you should invest this money...

Personally I think you should invest this money (or any money) in fixing the drainage issues that care causing the water to seep into your basement rather than try to cover it up.
An internal drain...
08-07-09, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,146
Posted By CyFree

I believe this kind of thing is so personal it is...

I believe this kind of thing is so personal it is difficult for us to suggest something based on the drawing alone, without inspecting the place.

I don't know what you used to make that floor plan...
07-30-09, 08:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,816
Posted By CyFree

Ty, go with the source. According to the...

Ty, go with the source.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy'd Building America best building practices recommendation, basement floors and walls should be allowed to "breath".
Even dry...
07-22-09, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,261
Posted By CyFree

Bud is correct in his recommendations, specially...

Bud is correct in his recommendations, specially concerning sealing the basement and the need to provide a consistent air supply for furnace and combustion appliances.

That is a biggie. You do...
07-20-09, 09:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,413
Posted By CyFree

Chances are that the rooms above and adjoining...

Chances are that the rooms above and adjoining have high levels of moisture as well.

That is due to a physics phenomena we call the "stack effect". As the air warms up above grade it rises and...
07-20-09, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,261
Posted By CyFree

First of all, forget the vapor barrier against...

First of all, forget the vapor barrier against the basement walls. Don't even use negative waterproof coating.

All vapor barriers do is to trap moisture behind them, as they do not keep moisture...
07-15-09, 09:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,095
Posted By CyFree

The foul odor indicates the presence of mold....

The foul odor indicates the presence of mold. Even if you can't see it, it is there.
And unfortunately, depending on how your basement rooms are finished, it is not going to go away with just a...
07-13-09, 10:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,415
Posted By CyFree

I agree with airman on this... Bigger is better...

I agree with airman on this... Bigger is better when it comes to dehumidifier.

I would recommend that you fix the drainage issues that are causing the water to seep in when it rains too, as that...
07-08-09, 09:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,292
Posted By CyFree

Agree with Bill on this. You need to find the...

Agree with Bill on this. You need to find the source of the water and fix it.

Here's some info on crawl space issues and ways to solve it.

Crawl Space Problems...
07-08-09, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,481
Posted By CyFree

Provided you have good drainage (i'd recommend a...

Provided you have good drainage (i'd recommend a good system with a sump pump system that includes battery backup pump for a finished basement) and took all the precautions on the outside to keep the...
06-16-09, 09:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,456
Posted By CyFree

Those are all legitimate concerns. For real...

Those are all legitimate concerns.
For real peace of mind consider installing a sump pump system that includes a battery operated back up pump, that will kick in if and when the main pump fails. ...
Replies: 1
Views: 872
Posted By CyFree

My suggestion is... save yourself the trouble and...

My suggestion is... save yourself the trouble and please call a structural engineer or a foundation repair company to look at the problem.
No foundation crack should be taken lightly and specially...
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