Valerie, Lake Side, KEN discussed on WJR Programming
24 7 at the inside outside guys dot com. We're also taking your phone calls today at 888654 guys, which equals 8886544897. Let's talkto Valerie in Oxford. Good morning, Valerie around with the inside outside, guys. Good morning, Ken. Morning shook high had a question about a problem We've been having with some moisture and a musty smell. We live on a lake and we have walkout Ranch. The not the lake side of the ranch, but the side that is underground in the lower level. Eyes getting was getting water coming in there. And I'm sorry, but I have a speaker on almost shut that off disturbing me Start off anyway, so on the mean side of the house that is buried. Water was coming off the blue. And, uh, I think speaking into the lower level, so we kind of diverted the water there and, uh, this about two years ago, and so we know what longer we're getting water in the lower level of lower level is finished off. And, uh, They're still a musty smell down there and and it's not all the time. It's just sometimes it's like musty, moldy smell. And we're just not sure how to address it. Um, there at the time that this water was getting in there, you could actually feel the carpeting along that wall and was actually wet. With moisture. But yet the drywall there wasn't wasn't wedding the paint on it wasn't peeling off or anything like that. On BU. No way. Pull the back some carpeting, everything, and the concrete below was was always so we're thinking that, you know, maybe there was some kind of a crack or something in the foundation that the moisture was getting in through and after having diverted that it pretty much took care of the of the problem. As far as the water getting in, But now we still have that kind of must be order down there from time to time, Not not all the time, and we're just not sure how to get started on addressing that. Well, a couple things active moisture isn't necessarily the only issue. Humidity is and remember. You got concrete there and concrete has an affinity for moisture. Concrete will take moisture from any damper wet spot and transfer it to a spot that has less humidity. So it's a hard sponge. It issue. Yeah, that's a great book that write that down like that. So you mentioned having had carpet down there, Valerie back when you originally had the problem, So is it safe to assume you never put a sealer on the walls or the floor? That's that's correct. Yeah. S so that would be one of our first suggestions. If you had the ability to do that, you might be surprised that it's fairly easy to get someone in there to pull that carpet up and then lay back down. You know, week later Um It's not as big a deal is people go ahead. The problem was more coming from the walls like It was it was literally. I mean, you could. It was like, spongy there with that much water had gotten in. And in this 11 side, one era, maybe a 5 ft area off the lower level the rest of the area. We didn't notice the waters, but But you're saying just Uh, moisture wicking up through the concrete in general causes the problem. Well, it's likely to Yeah, we call it in the industry. If you want to sound really smart, you call it capital Arat E. Can you create will literally, you know, do what we just described with the moisture it'll wicket capital a reaction will bring it up. What are you doing out on that wall with overhang and gutter and downspout is to make sure that No surface water can get close to that. How did you fix it? You said you fix it from the outside. How did you do that? Yeah, That's exactly right. The I'm on the front side of the house. There was Ah peak that we had that just took out maybe about a foot from from the house. And it wasn't enough where we if we if we address it would have had to put a gutter in and then a downspout on that 1 ft Peak like so we never did put a gutter in there. Um, We just kind of let the water just drip off that one area. You know of the people over some windows and S s. So what I did, then, um it was a landscaped area, So I put a like a little trough there where the water was running, and so I diverted it out towards Away from the house, you know, towards towards our driveway and everything, and that seemed to take care of the problem. I also put some just some plastic down along. The outside wall. So that Anything that miss that trust would kind of be diverted down and kind of sloping away from the house, too, So I don't think we're getting that kind of moisture in now. Like like we did prior to doing that. No, You said that wallet. I'm sorry. You said you're not getting that Walter. Well, uh, literally any water coming in? I mean, there may be like wicking like you, like you talked about were not getting actual water coming in and that and that whole Wallace is insulated. Um, you know, between the the poured concrete and the drywall. So you know, I'm kind of wondering now is is that installation had it at one time, you know, absorbed all this. This water that was coming in. Is there a crack in the foundation and we just didn't know how to begin to address it. Here's Here's what we would suggest. I mean, you have a walk out on the lake side. So it Z highly doubtful that this was a groundwater problem, right? The water scattered. We're coming from above. Yeah, So it's a reasonable assumption. So we would we would suggest a couple things by some cheap humanist stats. I mean, literally. You could buy $10 a little, you know, sit on your desk, type humanist stats and place him around there and track the humidity down there, literally a floor level at the base of that wall. And then maybe 8 ft. Up. Um Try to dehumidifier. I run your furnace motor more continually to push air through that basement and distributed out through the house. But The source of the water still has to be what can suggested. Yeah, And here's my concern. Valerie is very hard. And don't take this the wrong way that if you're gonna act of water in your basement For a homeowner to eliminate 100% of it. So you may have eliminated 90% of it or 95% of it. But that 5% coming in is still enough to do damage. What do you think it'll inferential because Does not have a scandal. Have it scared out if there's any wet back there, because ah lot of times in those basements. The Rod holds leak and they don't have to leak a lot on do you can't tell because the finished basement And it fits just like a little bit. That's enough to make it moldy down there. So if we get someone like infrared person to come in and shoot those walls They could tell you where that moisture hiccup employees coming in. Yeah, if there is a small act of water, and then again, I'd go back outside. Would make sure that again. Any rain water any snow is being diverted. 10 12 ft Well away from that house. So better. We're gonna go to break We come back. We're gonna give out over the air, a couple of members that you can call for infrared or anybody else out there that have been this issue. In the meantime, I get so many questions asked me. How does solar work? How does it work? Well, it worked as They.