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Old 11-09-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default anyone know about cement foundations

tonight i was in my brew room and noticed some black wet looking stuff on my cement wall, i have no idea what it is, its black, wet, and slimey and was hoping someone on this forum would know about this stuff.

the scratch marks are from me scratching it with a screwdriver


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Old 11-09-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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Might be mold/mildew. clean it with some bleach solution. You might have a weep spot somewhere in the wall there. Clean it up and see if you can find it, then seal up.

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:39 PM   #3
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The moisture is either from above or through the wall. If through, make sure drain spouts are directed away from the house and that you have positive slope away from the house.

Don't seal the concrete. It will only trap moisture.

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Old 11-10-2011, 12:30 AM   #4
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does it mean there a crack in my foundation? what is the slimey stuff?

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Old 11-10-2011, 12:34 AM   #5
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That doesn't look like black mold but it could be. Can you take a pic of a larger area of wall to get some scale, it's hard to see what's going on. Concrete is very porous so water trapped behind it will weep though, so it doesn't mean you have a crack, but most all concrete cracks.

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Old 11-10-2011, 03:14 PM   #6
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but most all concrete cracks.

Fixed

BTW, is this concrete you refer to in a wall of a basement? You refer to "foundation" first and then "wall".
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:24 PM   #7
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Looks like a combination of mold and algea slime.

Is this the vertical wall of teh basement or the actual floor slab?

Either way, looks like you have a drainage issue and I see a french drain in your future.

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Old 11-10-2011, 03:27 PM   #8
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does it mean there a crack in my foundation? what is the slimey stuff?
It may not be cracked. Moisture penetrates concrete and if there is a build up on one side, the hydrostatic pressure will have no problem getting through.

Hard to tell what the substance is. It's just what grew because of moisture. Solve the water source, solve the sluge
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:49 PM   #9
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its algea, bleach the wall and find and fix drainage issue it will be fine

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theres a better pic of the wall

the room is a cold room in the basement of my house
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