Friday, February 5, 2016

A Wet Bottom

There comes a time when you start to wonder why the heck
you took on a hundred year old house.
Last night was one of those times.
We've had a lot of rain coupled with 30"+ of rapidly melting snow.
Add that to a hundred year old foundation
and you get:
water in the basement.
Granted, the amount of water we had isn't as bad as others,
but it made the whole house smell musty.
In the photo above, you can see a couple of things.
You can see the water streaming down through the open doorway in the back
and you can see a water mark on the beam from a previous water issue.
The hubby vacuumed up 21 gallons of water
in our handy dandy shop vac
(I love my shop vac)
And when we got home from a meeting, 
there was even more water waiting to be sucked up.
Normally, water in the basement wouldn't be such a huge issue.
But inspecting the walls of the foundation, 
we found places where the mortar is crumbling and needs to be repaired.
And we need a dehumidifier.
If it's not one thing, it's your mortar.