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Author Topic: I need help with a damp basement  (Read 3373 times)
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« on: May 15, 2008, 09:39:29 AM »

I have had several people out to advise me on my basement. I goes from one extreme to the other. One company tells me i need weeping tile & another company says I only need proper air flow.
My basement is damp, there are no leaks, we have sandy soil & live one top of a hill. The house is 50 yrs old.
How can I tell which one is right?? I did notice a post on the site that talked about the concrete floor in the basement, and to tape a piece of plastic on the floor and see if you have a wet spot. I do have that problem , would dricore fix that?And is that why my basement is damp??
Rod Johnson
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008, 03:41:54 PM »

That would be a good deduction. Dri-Core will create a vapour barrier if you don't have one under the slab now. Increased moisture through the floor or from atmospheric sources will condense onto cold walls and floors. Improved ventilation will help as well. Dehumidifiers may help, but if you create a dry atmosphere the relatively high moisture level under the floor will naturally move through the floor more quickly.
The weeping tile guy likely doesn't know what he is talking about.

Rod J
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