We have several problems...
We have several problems with our basement in our house. In 1993 we put an 20x40 split level addition onto the house. Within a few years we had water on the floor (January). We didn't have water in April like most people have in the spring. Long story short it was our softener that was putting the water on the floor. Because of the salt it ate the concrete so sweeping is very hard as it gets very dusty. The rocks in the concrete are pulling up also. Where we had thick linoleum squares glued down it's really bad as when the tiles come up the rocks are still glued to the tiles. I'm thinking the only way to fix the problem is pour a whole new floor.
Contractor's Assistant: Have you talked to a construction professional about the floor?
Yes and no. But to makes matters worst the mortar in our blocks is falling apart too. One time when we had a really heavy rain, I think we got about 5 inches in one hour, I walked around the basement and I counted at least a dozen places that the water was coming straight through the walls. We have a big whole in the wall behind the electrical box. Before we put the brick on the ground ( I had a flower bed there before) we would get black mud coming in the hole when it rained hard. We have cement, brick or a deck pretty much around the house to keep water away from coming in the house. Everything we have done as help with the water except when we get lots of water in a short time. We placed plastic under the brick and under the deck along with gravel sloped so the water runs away. For the most part we don't have water in our basement but we do have issues with mold and I used lots of vinegar and it seems to kill the mold. It turns the black into a dusty gray. But..... because I using the vinegar full strength I think it's eating the mortar in the blocks also. But to put a full basement, walls and floor is going to be really expensive. Our 20x40 addition is a split level and the old part of the house is a regular house and basement. To lift the old part of the house we are going to have to redo a lot of sheetrock where the old and new meet, adding more expense. When we put the addition on in 1992 we gutted the old house completely except for the kitchen, bath, and porch which we did the following year. We were able to insure it as a new house as we did so much work to it. We replaced all the wiring, insulation, plumbing and we even replaced the shingles. The only thing we didn't replace were the rafters and walls and the well. We have had some basement people come out, (I think they were Basement Renovations) or something like that. They actually came out twice, The first guy wanted to pull the walls out using a cable as they were sorta caving in years ago but the former owner had poured in cement things to keep the walls together (can't think of what you call them). I don't think that is really a issue other than they are ugly. The other guy that came out said that wouldn't do anything to fix the problem and that we needed to redo the walls which was something they didn't do. We have blacktop driveway and we have concrete on the south side of the house which is also a very poor grade of concrete and we need to replace that also but we really can't do that until we fix the basement as if we have to dig all around the house to put in new blocks, it would be putting good money on top of bad. I'm not sure who to get to fix the basement, it's different when you have to raise a house that is attached to another portion of the house. I'm thinking we need a tornado, I would cry a lot but it would fix the basement problem but my husband doesn't want it to mess with his garage which is 25 feet away the house and I don't want it to mess with my kitchen cabinets. Ha Ha.
Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
My husband is going to be 63 and I'm 61. He has had 2 back surgeries and I have had 4 surgeries plus two knee replacements. Our bodies don't work very well anymore. He used to work for a contractor when we first got married but when we did the house back in 92 and 93 we had a couple of contractors do that and they built our garage back in 1998 but they all reached retirement age. My husband took a lot of time off to help them but he didn't really do any work. Just made sure they had their materials so they could keep working.
Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Not really, I can't think of anything. Where are you guys from as we live in central Minnesota near Brainerd.