I have a few leaks, nothing more than a dampening or a few ounces after
a heavy storm, in several spots arouny my basement. Is this cause for
concern? Normally is dry all round. Its regular blocl painted white.
If you all tell me its ok like that, I'd be happy to leave it be.
It only matters if you want to finish the basement, if you are sensitive
to molds or if you are selling your home. I would work on it. First make
sure the ground ALL around your home is graded away from the foundation, 10
or more feet is good. Also make sure down spouts are directed away from
Behind the paint, wall is probably wet for longer periods -
a potential mold problem and therefore a health problem for
some. As Joseph Meehan and others note, this is often solved
by correcting gutter or correcting outside grading so that
puddles don't form and ground always slopes away from
As a professional and licenced waterproofer i urge you to correct the
problem immed or sooner. Dig it up and parge and damproof the outside. Its
not rocket science that leaks get bigger. Water is the one natural enemy of
all things construction or home related.
Damproofing is the cheapest and least skill intense jobs and still the most
neglected. Do it yourself for a couple hundred bucks.
Niagara Falls started out once just like them two little damp spots....
Remove the obvious to reply. Experienced and reliable
Concrete Finishing and Synthetic Stucco application in the GTA.
Unfortunately there is a $70K "mother of all decks" outside on that
side of the house. We regraded under it, but I cannot afford to rip it
all out and rebuild it. As I said its MUCH better now that we regraded
and put in a new gutter, but its still damp and wet in a few places.
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