Is your cinderblock basement a little damper than you'd like? Are you looking for some way to reduce the amount of moisture that is trapped in the space? Here, you'll find a few tips that can help you do just that.
Perform a Moisture Test
Before you get too far into your project, you need to know exactly where the moisture is coming from. If the moisture is in the air, you'll have to do things differently than if the moisture is seeping in through the concrete.
To test the concrete, you'll need a garbage bag and some duct tape. Tape a garbage bag to the wall and one to the floor. Do this in different areas of the basement. Leave it for a day and then return to remove the plastic. If the concrete under the garbage bag is darker than the surrounding concrete, the moisture is seeping in through the concrete.
If the moisture is in the air, the only thing that you can really do is to invest in a good dehumidifying system and run some fans to circulate the air.
Seal the Concrete
So, if the concrete is the problem, you'll need to seal it up tight. You can do this with a number of products, some that are basic and won't make much of a difference in appearance, and others that are a relatively big investment but will make a huge difference in how the space looks.
The cheapest route to take is to use the clear concrete sealant. It is applied much like paint and will create a seal that stops most moisture from seeping through.
The next option is moisture-blocking paint. This paint is thicker than traditional latex paint. It goes on thick and seals up all of those small pores that are contributing to the issue.
One other option is the different types of epoxy treatments. This finishing treatment not only stops moisture problems, but it also looks beautiful. The surface is painted, then an aggregate and epoxy mixture is applied. When it cures, the epoxy creates a beautiful shine and the aggregate makes everything look beautiful.
A damp basement doesn't have to be a terrible thing to try to fix, but it is the worst thing for you to ignore. Talk with your local professionals to learn more about foundation repair and what you can do to put a stop to the moisture in your basement for good.Share
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