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Basement walls

Posted by Dr Home on December 12th, 1998 06:14 PM
In reply to Basement Project... (foundation problem) by Kelly DJ on December 9th, 1998 12:47 AM [Go to top of thread]

By your description your walls are in the process
of gradual erosion, commonly known as dusting. The previous
repairs were probably done to repair the same problem. The
cause was in the original pouring of the foundation and over
the years it has gradually worsened. You should NOT cover up
this problem since it could result in serious structural
problems. I would consult a few masonary contractors, or
structural engineer, to give you their opinion. Never rely
on one opinion. If this is indeed dusting, there are a
number of ways that the repairs can be accomplished depending
on the severity of the problem.
1. Acid etching with a bituminous coating.
2. Coating with an epoxy or polymer.
3. Thin bonded resurfacing with a latex modified concrete.
4. Grinding or jacketing.
5. Total replacement in severe cases.

I know this was not the answer that you were looking for, but,
having the walls professionally evaluated is the only correct
answer in this case. GOOD LUCK!!!!

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