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    Re: Heating crawl space

    Actually your best and most cost effective option would be to do both.
    Encapsulate and air seal the crawl space, condition it and then properly insulate the walls with foam board.

    If you simply...
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    Re: Leaking where basement wall & floor meet

    Your drain tile must be clogged, collapsed or just improperly installed.

    The water collected by the drain tile should be going somewhere, but since there is no sump pump, where is it going? Can...
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    Re: leaky basement for 10 years

    Taking the steps to prevent that ground around the house from becoming over saturated with water, as canuk suggested is the first course of action.

    Start with good working gutters and extended...
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    Re: Digging ou* pa*h in *he basemen*

    I'd sugges* you look in*o crawl space encapsula*ion, ins*ead.
    I* is a rela*ively new bu* very effec*ive *echnology *o *rea* crawl spaces, *ha* will no* only curb hea* loss and elimina*e *he cold...
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    Re: refurbishing our basement

    The folks from Town and Country Remodeling might be able to help you. They serve Long Island and NY, might take jobs in Queens. You will have to check:

    http://www.longislandbasementfinishing.com/...
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    Re: Help with Crazy Crawl Space

    All that wood will have to be removed. Unfortunately, according to the EPA there is no 100% safe and effective way to remove mold from wood and any other porous, absorbent and organic surfaces.

    If...
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    Re: Basement walls seeping/crumbling

    canuck is right.

    You need to have a professional inspection done.

    Extending the downspouts and regrading will definitely help relieve some of the hydrostatic pressure but it looks like you will...
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    Re: waterproofing options

    Here's some things I'd suggest you look for when deciding to hire a waterproofing company.

    1. How long was that company in business? A huge number of contractor companies close after 2 or 3 years...
  9. Thread: smelly basement

    by CyFree
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    Re: smelly basement

    It might be one of the following:

    - There is no sewage pump, and the drain relies on gravity to discharge the waste water into the sewer system. When there is too much water the drain backs up.
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    Re: Flooded Basement

    Well I am goinq to say something you don't want to hear, probably. But here are my two cents:

    When you install the sump pump only, and not a drainage system that will intercept the water and...
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    Re: Foul Basement Odor

    Take a look outside. Is there a downspout discharging nearby? Or maybe a clogged gutter? Is the grading sloping away from the house of allowing puddles to form close to the foundation?

    Based on...
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    Re: Cleaning up mold after a flood

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and e Center for Disease Control, any organic, porous and absorbent materials that came in contact with water, and were not completely dry in...
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    Re: Pedestal Sump Pump

    We tested every sump pump in the market and we really favor the Zoeller.

    Our best system has a 1/3HP as primary, a 1/2 as secondary and the battery backup sump.

    Here's a couple of videos Larry...
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    Re: Pedestal Sump Pump

    I understand you need a secondary pump, just in case the main pump fails, because as you state, your Zoeller is handling the job pretty well.

    In that case, I would suggest a battery operated...
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    Re: possible mold in old basement

    The problem with basements is that, even if it looks dry, and there are no puddles and water stains on the wall, they will always have some level of moisture from the ground seeping through the...
  16. Thread: Crawl Space

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    Re: Crawl Space

    The best way to treat crawl spaces is to encapsulate them. That means:

    - sealing the vents
    - installing a sturdy (preferably a 20mil) vapor barrier over the walls and floor, using mechanic...
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    Re: Water drains into basement from yard

    What you describe is, basically, the typical configuration of a conventional french drain, and luckily, yours seem to be working for the most part, except when, as you mentioned, the sump pump fails....
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    Re: basement flooding

    Just a note. A sump pump alone, even if installed in the lowest corner of the basement (as it should be_, will not keep the basement dry if it is not tied to a drainage system to intercept, collect...
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    Re: Easy-to-flood basement

    Answering to your question:
    Because of the way they are built, (a box of concrete or stone buried in wet dirt) basements are prone to moisture problems.

    That soil that was once dug out, to build...
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    Re: House is Sinking

    I agree with canuck here. Not enough information.

    However, when a home's structural integrity is at stake, your best bet is to call a few foundation repair companies in your area, ask them to send...
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    Re: Will hydrostatic pressure be a problem

    No sure I understood your question.

    Hydrostatic pressure in foundations is a direct result of an oversaturated soil around the foundation walls.
    That soil, which was once dug out so that the...
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    Re: basement flooding

    You are probably correct in your assumption that the french drain outside might have failed. It is very common for conventional french drains to clog with mud and debris after some time.

    I suggest...
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    Re: Waterproofing/Finishing my Basement

    Call the people at BQ Basement Systems, ask them for references from customers, (if they didn't send you them already), and, by all means, call the customers and check the references.

    They are a...
  24. Re: "unfinishing" my finished basement, mold, and all that jazz

    Fiberglass is indeed a horrible choice for basement insulation. Not only it grows mold, as you observed but, when it is damp enough to favor mold growth, it also lost most if not all of its R value....
  25. Thread: Basement mold ?

    by CyFree
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    Re: Basement mold ?

    I would strongly suggest you rip off that plastic because it can and will generate problems.

    I would also suggest you consider replacing all the insulation in the basement. Fiberglass is the worst...
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