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Old March 1st, 2007, 01:57 PM   #1
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What's wrong with this picture?

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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:05 PM   #2
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which part are you refering too?

Spiders
Leaks
Bearing wall cracks?
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:12 PM   #3
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All I know is when I woke up this morning, and I went in the basement this afternoon, there is about 2" of water in that area. It's a rental, too (the house that is)...but I have to take care of it...well the water that is.
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Go get yourself some hydraulic cement and patch it. http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...35-286-1126-11

That will fix the problem until you can find the source of the crack(guessing improper drainage and settling).
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:15 PM   #5
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Just clean it up, and be relieved that you don't own the house with the foundation problems.
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I own a house with those issues
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:28 PM   #7
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Just clean it up, and be relieved that you don't own the house with the foundation problems.
In the picture, the bricks on the left is the north side of hte house and the other wall is the east side of the house. On the east side of the house, on the outside of that wall, there is a layer of bricks on the ground which is like a patio or something? I guess it's putting pressure on the foundation of the house which is causing it to leak? I dunno. I guess the landlord knew about it when he bought the house, too.
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Its an old house right? Footings weren't engineered back then. Stuff settles over time. Allowing for proper drainage and keeping the cracks filled and a good waterpoof paint and you don't have to worry much.
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NOT A PROBLEM GET A MOP




THERE WAS A LITTLE WATER IN THE BASEMENT IN MY HOUSE THAT I JUST BOUGHT







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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:43 PM   #10
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No boobs in the picture.

Actually you have there a classic case of leaking basement walls. It's leaking now because the ground is frozen, except for where is meets your basement walls. So all the water is leaching down and getting trapped between the brick wall and frozen ground. Since the blocks are somehwat porous the water makes it's way through. The least expensive thing you can do is get the water away from the house (longer extensions on the downspouts), or add more soil around the foundation. The basement really needs some type of permanent waterproofing. But that's some big bucks.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:44 PM   #11
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NOT A PROBLEM GET A MOP




THERE WAS A LITTLE WATER IN THE BASEMENT IN MY HOUSE THAT I JUST BOUGHT
Holy crap...that is A LOT of water. I might have to run to Ace to stock up on mops haha
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:45 PM   #12
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Yeah he said he knew about the foundation problem when he bought it, but was going to let the next owner deal with it because it's like $5,000 to fix. I was going to buy the house...but I'm not going to anymore.
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No boobs in the picture.

Actually you have there a classic case of leaking basement walls. It's leaking now because the ground is frozen, except for where is meets your basement walls. So all the water is leaching down and getting trapped between the brick wall and frozen ground. Since the blocks are somehwat porous the water makes it's way through. The least expensive thing you can do is get the water away from the house (longer extensions on the downspouts), or add more soil around the foundation. The basement really needs some type of permanent waterproofing. But that's some big bucks.


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looks like a normal Michigan basement wall... I don't see what the problem is :P
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:52 PM   #15
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LOL
Yes but it is still a big pain in MY ass.

Especially if I'm going to have to keep dealing with this everytime we get a lot of rain. It didnt' happen last summer so I'm going with FranknBrew's response.
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With alot of houses in the market, and alot in forclosure, I would be picky as to what I buy.
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I won't be in the market for a house until next year. I need to get crap paid for first.
Plus, as of this morning (before I saw the leak), I just renewed it for another year. :miff:
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is that mold?
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is that mold?
I was thinking that. Is it black mold? Is that why i wake up every morning with sinus issues?
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No it isn't
I can say that with 98% certainty
It may be mold but not the rapid spreading black mold.

If you are concerned take a scrub brush and some bleach and scrub it down.
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