How to get rid of my allergy problem caused by my damp basement?

I now own property that has a dirt floor basement. When it rains alot I get puddles. The walls are limestone but thr previous owner put that spray insulation on all the walls. (It's real hard to the touch ). There fore the water is coming in around the edges of the walls. I need to figure out the water problem because of my allergies ( mold spouts amount others ).

What can I do?

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  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Aug 14, 2018

    You will need to ensure downspouts are directed away from your foundation and ensure the yard slopes away fro the foundation for starters. You may need to dig a trench in your basement and lay drain pipe and rock in the trench. This would all slope toward a pit with a sump pump that pumps water away from the house.

    • Dbo7905303 Dbo7905303 on Aug 14, 2018

      Thank you for the info. I kinda was thinking the same thing and then I thought about the pit for the sump pump. would that have to be cemented?

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 14, 2018
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    • Dbo7905303 Dbo7905303 on Aug 14, 2018

      Thank you for the info. This is very good info and lots of resources. I will check them all out . Thanks.

  • Jim Jordan Jim Jordan on Aug 14, 2018

    Spray insulation can be good but can also hide problems. With your "wet basement" problem you have the potential for really big problems to go skiing with your allergies. For time, and here space, constraints my advice would be to Google "This Old House" wet basement problems. You should get a link to their past videos on the why and how's of your problem. It could be one or a combination of problems not the least of which is improper direction of rain run off. A lot of the problems you can identify yourself and also correct. Only with major situations would you probably need to contact a professional. Especially with a dirt basement, once your moisture/water problem has been properly dealt with, you need to install a vapor barrier. There are a couple of excellent diy videos on YouTube for this. Water and moisture are the homeowners worst enemy and the sooner and better that it's dealt with the better. Good luck!

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    • Dbo7905303 Dbo7905303 on Aug 14, 2018

      Thank you for the info. This is very helpful. I also apologize for auto correct all the time.

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