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Basement floor problems

Last post Tue, Jun 30 2009 4:22 PM by Gary. 3 replies.
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  • Tue, Jun 30 2009 3:32 PM

    • Pat
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    Basement floor problems

     From a reader: 


    I have a basement floor that is 20 years old. it has never been painted. it has developed some cracks. during spring rains you can see some moisture coming through the cracks. It also has some oil on it from storing a lawn mower. How do I repair the cracks? How do I prepair for painting? what type paint would be recommended? Is priming required?

     

    Does anyone have advice for him? 

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  • Tue, Jun 30 2009 3:58 PM In reply to

    Re: Basement floor problems

    Pat:

     From a reader: 


    I have a basement floor that is 20 years old. it has never been painted. it has developed some cracks. during spring rains you can see some moisture coming through the cracks. It also has some oil on it from storing a lawn mower. How do I repair the cracks? How do I prepair for painting? what type paint would be recommended? Is priming required?

     

    Does anyone have advice for him? 

     

    Unfortunately, he needs to call a professional; that type of damage to the slab suggests, at least potentially, similar damage to the foundation.  There are some cement sealing products he could use - I used one on my driveway to good effect - but the risk to his foundation is too high for a do-it-yourself quick fix to be appropriate in this situation.

    Once the damage has been assessed and repaired, the best paint to use would be garage floor paint/sealer; it is designed for cement surfaces, and repels moisture.  Having used it myself, I can say that it's very easy to paint a floor with a roller as long as the surface is clean and smooth.

  • Tue, Jun 30 2009 4:18 PM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: Basement floor problems

    karenteacher:
    Unfortunately, he needs to call a professional; that type of damage to the slab suggests, at least potentially, similar damage to the foundation. 
    I concur. That foundation needs to be properly repaired and foundation is nothing to mess with.
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  • Tue, Jun 30 2009 4:22 PM In reply to

    • Gary
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    Re: Basement floor problems

    Karen makes a good point. If it's beyond a typical aging surface crack, it would be wise to have a professional check out the foundation for his home.

    The painting isn't hard. I would do a thorough washing to remove any oils from the floor. TSP should do the trick. A good, stiff bristle broom helps, too. (at least that's what we used nightly when I worked at a service station years ago).

    Floor painting is a great DIY job. The biggest problem is getting all that stuff (boxes, not stains) off of the floor!

     

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