Basement floor powder

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Basement floor powder

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Randy Anderson

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Posted: Nov 20, 2005 6:43 PM       Post Subject:
Has anyone come across this situation? I inspected this house and there was no evidence of any problems. Since then (about 3 months) the paint has peeled and this stuff has appeared. We did have a lot of rain since then, 6 inches in one rainfall. We are in Minnesota. The owner is not blaming me for missing this but is wondering if the previous owner covered it up. Thanks.
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Bruce King

B. A. King Home Inspections, LLC
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Posted: Nov 20, 2005 7:03 PM       Post Subject:
looks like moisture came up through the slab and caused efflorescence.
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Roy Cooke

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Posted: Nov 20, 2005 7:51 PM       Post Subject:
bking wrote:
looks like moisture came up through the slab and caused efflorescence.

I agree high water table from all the rain .Is there a sump pump??????
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Randy Anderson

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Posted: Nov 20, 2005 11:21 PM       Post Subject:
Our water table is higher this year than in the last 2 or 3. There is no sump. The current home owner is convinced the previous home owner deliberately hid the problem. Is there any way to tell? The floor was painted but that does not mean the problem was pre-existing. I think he may have trouble proving that. Thanks for the replies.
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Cheremie Kratzer

Kratzer Construction / Kratzer Home Inspections
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Posted: Nov 21, 2005 8:29 PM       Post Subject:
Drill a hole in the slab, (if you're qualified of course).You may see water immediately or you may have to check it periodically.

If no water ,patch the hole with hydraulic cement.

If water results, time to cut in a sump pit and of course address other drainage issues the home may have.
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David Valley

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Posted: Nov 23, 2005 8:06 AM       Post Subject:
Randy,

I can see a nice crack in the middle of these salt deposits (on the right side).

It's definitely a high water table seeping up through the cracks of this floor.

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