Question

What can I put on my basement floor after I tear out the carpet to cure the spring thaw wetness?

Asked by robert phernetton
Frederic, WI

We live in northern Wisconsin and we just purchased this home last fall. The basement has carpet on half of it, and this morning i found a severely wet area. it has been raining for the last three days and the snow is thawing.

Answer

Answered by Scott Scherer

Steamboat Springs, CO

SBC Scherer Building Corporation

March 18, 2010

Your problem most likely lies outside the home and not inside.

I am in Colorado but originally from Minnesota and am quite familiar with the climate. Most likely you have negative drainage; in other words, the water runs toward the house and not away (what we want).

If the ground/landscape is not conducive to allowing proper drainage to occur through laws of physics, then you must install a waterproof membrane on the exterior of the foundation. Along with this, insulation/drainage plane isn't a bad idea either. Products such as Warm 'n' Dry / Tuff 'n' Dry have been quite successful in my arsenal. The whole idea here is to stop the water before it enters the house.

Unfortunately, none of the above is an easy or inexpensive fix. That's why it needs to be done right the first time, when it's much easier and cheaper. 

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