Valerie, Oxford discussed on The Inside Outside Guys


To Valerie in Oxford good morning Valerie around with the inside outside guys log morning can warning shock hi I had a question about a problem we've been having with some moisture and a musty smell we live on on a lake and we have walk out ranch the the lakeside of the ranch with the side that is underground in the lower level is getting what ones getting water coming in there and I'm sorry I I have a speaker on a shot that are disturbing me okay start up what anyway so on the on the other side of the house that is very water was coming awful hello I think fifty nine for the lower level so we the water there and this about two years ago and so we don't longer we're getting water in the lower level lower level is finished off and there's still a musty smell down there and and that's not all the time it's just sometimes it's like musty moldy smell and we're just not sure how to address this there at the time that this this water was getting in there you could actually feel the carpeting along that wall and was actually wept with moisture but yet the drywall there wasn't wasn't let him go from the paint on it wasn't killing off or anything like that and we you know we we pull back some carpeting everything in the concrete below was was always the we're thinking that you know maybe there were some kind of a crack or something on the foundation that though the moisture was getting them through and after he had been 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 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 on addressing that well a couple things active moisture isn't necessarily the only issue humidity yes and remember you got concrete and concrete has an affinity for moisture cadre will take more secure from any damper a wet spot and transfer it to a spot that has less humidity so it's a hard sponge it is yeah that's a great point that write that down I 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 are there that's correct yeah yes so that would be one of our first suggestions if you have the ability to do that you might be surprised that it's fairly easy to get someone in there to pull the carpet up and then lay back down you know a week later a it's not as many people go ahead one was more coming from the walls like it was a it was literally any you could it was like spongy there was a bit of that that much water had gotten in in the in this one one side one area maybe five foot area of the of the lower level that the rest of the area we didn't notice the water slick but you're saying just moisture wicking up through the concrete in general causes the problem well it yeah it's likely to yeah we call it in the industry if you want to sound really smart you call a capitol arity that concrete will literally you know do it we just described with the moisture it'll wicket capillary action will bring it up what are you doing out on that wall was overhang and gutter and downspouts to make sure that no surface water can get close to that one how did you fix you said you fix it from the outside how did you do that yeah that's exactly right the up on the on the front side of the house there was not a peak that we had that just took out maybe about a foot from from the house and it wasn't enough the way we do it if we if we address it would have had to put a a gutter in and then the down spout on that one foot peak like so we never did put a a gutter in there we just kind of let the the water just drop off that that one area in all of the people over some windows and our store so what I did then 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 and that seemed to take care of the problem I also put some just some plastic down far along the outside wall so that anything that Mr trough would kind of be diverted down in that and it's kind of looking away from my house to so I don't think we're getting that kind of moisture in now like like we did prior to doing that now valley he said I'm wallet I'm sorry you said you're not getting all that had to Walter well literally any water coming in I mean there may be like waking like you like you talked about for not getting actual water coming in and that and that whole wall is is insulated you know between the the poured concrete and the drywall so you know I'm kind of wondering now is is that insulation had at the 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 that here's here's what we would suggest I mean you have a walk out on the lake side so it's it's highly doubtful that that this is a ground water problem right the water scattered coming from above yeah yeah yeah so it's a reasonable assumption so we would we would suggest a couple things by some cheap humana's stats I mean literally you can buy ten dollar little you know sit on your desk type humana stats and play some around there and track the humidity down there literally a floor level at the base of that wall and then maybe eight feet up try to de humidify 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 suggest yeah and here's my concern Valerie it's very hard they don't take this the wrong way then if you're gonna act of water in your basement for a homeowner to eliminate a hundred percent of it so you may have eliminated ninety percent of it or ninety five percent of the put that five percent coming in is still enough to do damage we think infraredx chuchus haven't scanned it haven't scared out of there's any went back there because a lot of times in those basements the rod whole sleek and they'll have to leak a lot and you can't tell because the finished basement and if it's just like a little bit that's enough to make it multi down there so if we get someone like infrared person to come in and shoot those walls they can tell you where that moisture content lady coming in yes there is a small active water and then again I go back outside I would make sure is that again any rain water any snow is being diverted ten twelve feet well away from that house so better we're gonna go to break we come back we're going to give out over the air a couple of numbers that you can call for infrared or anybody else out there is having this issue in the meantime I get so many questions asked me how the solar work how does it work well it worked as they come.

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