I bought a Cape Cod built in 1948 a year ago. I have a sump in the
basement. It is unfinished, but I am thinking of finishing it in the fall.
I don't usually get any water in the basement as long as the sump is
running, but earlier in the week we had 2 bad storms that made my pump run
about every 5 minutes. Kept the basement dry, except in 1 area I got a
puddle. Basement also has tiles down, and along the seams of the tiles it
is moist there when I get heavy rain. What can I do about this? I am
almost positive the water is coming up from under the flooring, not in from
The moisture in the basement has to be COMPLETELY addressed before you even
consider steps to finishing a basement.
Check http://www.buildingscience.com/resources/homeowner.htm -- study
basements and related issues regarding mold.
Do an internet search and read up on places like
I've seen a show on TV where the water wasn't standing, but to provide
for those rare accasions where it tries to, in a to be finished
basement, they used something like this: http://www.dricore.com
It seems to keep a space above the orginal basement floor, and below
the finished floor for ventilation and draining of water. When I
looked to it, I was told this was a DIY application of a builder's
solution. They would lay down some plastic with channels for
drainage, and then overlay it with regular sub floor panels. It is
suppose to be cheaper than these tile like items, but I don't know the
plastic grid stuff.
I'm just a DIY'er too, trying to find a good solution too.
tom @ www.NoCostAds.com
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