Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Super Handyman

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Super Handyman

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Q: My basement wall stays damp most of the time. I am afraid that I might have to have some expensive excavating work done from the outside of the wall but am trying to determine if the moisture is coming from the outside or maybe the inside of the wall. How can I be sure?

A: It's easy to find out if the moisture is from condensation. Dry a section on a wall or the floor about the size of a dinner plate. Use a heat gun or hair dryer. Tape a piece of clear plastic over the dry area. Wait until the next day. If the moisture is on the top of the plastic, it's condensation. If it's underneath, water is coming through the surface. You can have both. Condensation can be controlled by better ventilation or with the use of a dehumidifier.

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