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Old 11-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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1've seen this out front & thought it was the sprinklers maybe, Yet I adjusted the sprinklers & they don't spray the wall..



& now I've noticed that its also happening inside my entry to my basement.


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Old 11-12-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link, yet now I have to figure out the source of moisture?

FYI: The house is in the Los Angeles area & was built in 1929
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Just a guess because I'm not there to see it.
But I'd bet if you dug down toward the footing your going to find the block was never sealed below grade so the waters wicking up the wall.
Notice it's all along the lower areas.
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Just a guess because I'm not there to see it.
But I'd bet if you dug down toward the footing your going to find the block was never sealed below grade so the waters wicking up the wall.
Notice it's all along the lower areas.

So what do I do?
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Seal the block I would guess.

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The wall is definitely taking in water.
Check your downspouts make sure they are extended out from the house.
Check your sprinkler system for an inground leak
Check drainage and slope around the house.
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Ok so I'm finally gonna fix this, gonna try the muriatic acid 1st as the link suggest & then use this high quality stuff my new home handy man recommends over the bargin stuff I have in my shed & he says it should last at least 5 years but after this starts, the walls are basically infected & its hard to make it completely stop, but I suppose as he says the house will not fall down or anything with this...?

I forgot to show him the basement, but will have him fix that as well while he's working on the front.
& yes he plans to repair the side under the house as well.
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if i were you & had no idea what was going on, i'd think about asking either a pro restoration specialist OR pe to comment,,, a ' new home handy man ' & a bunch of guys on the i-net would hardly be my final resource but its YOUR home,,, we don't even know IF you've accurately described the issue,,, but this is just my opinion,,, there's a cure for ignorance but stupid's often fatal

IF your cmu's are under acid attack, the house WILL fall down,,, doesn't it make sense if you remove anything supporting a load ( your house ), the load obeys the laws of gravity ? all houses fall down eventually,,, the questions should be ' when ? ' & ' how do i maintain what i have ? '

I suppose as he says the house will not fall down or anything with this...?

' I forgot to show him the basement, but will have him fix that as well while he's working on the front...& yes he plans to repair the side under the house as well. ' i'm not convinced that's the right course of action but, after all, it IS your home
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]if i were you & had no idea what was going on, i'd think about asking either a pro restoration specialist OR pe to comment
What is a PE & or where do I find a pro-restoration specialist?
Never even heard of that?

Where in Los Angeles would I find one that wont try to sell me his farm?
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anyone else want to take this 1 ? i'd suggest you invest some time reading previous threads on similar subjects - water in basement, leaking basements, sump pumps, etc.

' PE ' = professional engineer,,, as for the other question ( ' where do I find a pro-restoration specialist ? ' ), try googling waterproofing or waterproofing contractors - even in la i'm sure you'll fine at least a couple.

as for finding 1 who ' wont try to sell me his farm ', let's remember no one works for free - even you,,, ' free inspections ' are the trade's nickname for a sales pitch based on the inspector's ( salesman ) knowledge, training, & experience,,, IF you knew the problem & its solution, you could invite qualified contractors to bid on your work according to your specifications,,, you don't so why not take this opportunity to learn from those you call,,, you'll also find contacts on craig's & angie's list along w/qualified pro's listed on the national association of waterproofing & structural repair contractors website

the intent of this forum ( imo ) is to teach others HOW to fish, NOT feed them,,, good luck !
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Well, now that you have me paranoid I've looked on Yellowpages.com & found some & at this point called these guys & they will come out soon to do their "Free" inspection?
http://www.yellowpages.com/north-hol...?lid=466592602



Maybe I'll get a few free inspections from various companies & see if they all say the same?
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:20 PM   #13
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To be honest after calling 3 places I'm starting to think these are all just handy men?
One guy seems to only be wanting to do a free estimate via text pictures & now just replied saying to come look it over is $150 & then says $1,500.00 & he has not even come out to see it yet! WTF?!?!
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some charge for "inspections" and extra for recommendations of what needs to be done. After all they are in business to make money and time is money. I give free "estimates" in my profession (written proposal for service) but I'm not going to tell you everything until you hire me.

call your doctor and ask him to fax over a prescription to your pharmacy because you have a sore throat. you'll typically have to pay ($$) his office a visit before you get the script

most contractors I know prefer to see first hand the site before providing any estimates or proposals. besides, how can you know what needs to be done until you figure out what's the problem.

patience, patience, patience, goes a long way ....... good luck!
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some charge for "inspections" and extra for recommendations of what needs to be done. After all they are in business to make money and time is money. I give free "estimates" in my profession (written proposal for service) but I'm not going to tell you everything until you hire me.

call your doctor and ask him to fax over a prescription to your pharmacy because you have a sore throat. you'll typically have to pay ($$) his office a visit before you get the script

most contractors I know prefer to see first hand the site before providing any estimates or proposals. besides, how can you know what needs to be done until you figure out what's the problem.

patience, patience, patience, goes a long way ....... good luck!
& thats my point!
How can he claim the repair is $1,500.00 without ever seeing it in person?!?!?!?!

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