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Old 09-06-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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wet basement after monsoon


been driest august on record, then we set a record for most rainfall in one day (yesterday), so suddenly I have a wet basement now. occasionally have seen some very slight seepage, but this is by far the worst ever.

have drylock over 3 of the 4 basement walls, but those 3 still allowed some water through. dampness under the carpet in various places throughout the basement.

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first is what is the highest recommended drylock type paint for a basement?
second question, am I going to lose the carpet due to this? I have one large fan blowing over one of the wet areas, not sure what else to do.
have a cheap shopvac, doubt it would do very much.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:57 AM   #2
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Is the carpet rubber/neoprene backed, or is it stretched over a pad? If it's backed and glued down, get it dry within 72 hours. Run a dehumidifier. If it's on a pad, pull it up and get the pad out. The padding will probably never dry and will start growing a lot of nasty stuff like mold and bacteria.
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it does have padding underneath. we currently have two dehumidifiers running , they seem to be pulling quite a bit of water out.

so the padding may never dry out even with the dehumidifiers?

if it dries out in several days, would we still need to replace the padding?
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It takes 72 hours for spores to develop into mold colonies. Bacteria life cycles can be less. After 72 hours you've got nasty critters in your carpet. You need a moisture meter probed down into the pad to be sure you've got it completely dry.
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we started rolling up the carpet and disposing of the padding. hopefully the carpet will be okay. it appears the padding was holding vast majority of the water. carpet damp in spots, but not drenched like the padding.
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If you've got it up and LOOSELY rolled, it will dry fast. If not unroll it someplace dry. Blow a fan through the roll or across it if unrolled. It will likely be OK. The padding is the killer. It can hold a ton of moisture and the carpet will still feel dry.
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