I have noticed two small areas on my cement block basement wall that
are showing signs of water infiltration. When I inspected
the exterior of the basement wall, I noticed two corresponding
holes in the mortar, just above ground level. Using a screwdriver,
I poked at the mortar and I removed about a 2" section of crumbling
material. The wall itself is in otherwise good condition. It was built
in 1950, but this is my first year in the house. It is my theory that the 3
tall snowbank piled up against my foundation from my next door
neighbors driveway melts and then runs into the holes which in turn
seeps out into my basement.
Long story short, I obviously need to fill these holes. I thought that
the material used as brick mortar should be of a softer consistency than
that of the cement block. What material should I use?
David P. Feyen Reply to: dfeyen at wi dot rr dot com
==================================================This life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been an actual life,
you would have received instructions on what to do and where to go.
I'll let the trade guys around here address what you might use to deal
with the hole, but generally speaking as a plain regular homeowner guy
and if I had the same problem, I'd start looking a bit more big-picture
at the situation at hand. First, I'd be looking at why those holes ended
up there in the first place, and then having that wall checked for more
and possibly hidden disintegration than what you're seeing before you --
ESPECIALLY in the case of hollow concrete block as opposed to solid
brick. If you were able to easily poke a 2" hole into the wall with a
screwdriver, rest assured that nature will eventually do it for you (and
often bigger) with its own little screwdriver, and neither the result
nor the repair will be pretty. Nor will it be cheap because by then,
you'll probably have bigger problems.
On the bright side, you're probably just in line for simply fixing what
someone else screwed up before you bought the place, and it'll just end
up being a case of an ounce of prevention eliminating a pound of cure
later on down the road. You can DIY it and plug up the hole yourself,
but if it were me, I'd be continually nagged over whether any hidden
damage is lurking to bite me in the ass good and hard later, or even
whether what I did -- and how I did it without personal pro supervision
-- is the best cure for that problem.
As with any DIY project, it's your house and your funeral. Do whatever
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