The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #171976   Message #4167936
Posted By: Charmion
19-Mar-23 - 09:08 AM
Thread Name: DECLUTTER * Health/Home Ecologic-Innovation *2023
Subject: RE: DECLUTTER * Health/Home Ecologic-Innovation *2023
Snow again in Perth County.

It’s shaping up to be a very wet spring. I found yet more water on the cellar floor the other day, this time clearly ground water rising through a crack in the concrete. Of course, the puddle was on the side of the house farthest from the floor drain, between the furnace and the wine.

Thirty years and two houses ago I had the same problem, caused by lack of drainage around the house in a spectacularly wet season. There the problem was bedrock less than two inches below the cellar floor; here, it’s a famously dense layer of clay that lies about eighteen inches under the topsoil. The cellar floor was laid right in the middle of that clay stratum.

Previous owners of this house did up most of the cellar as a rec room with broadloom carpet on the floor. Edmund and I replaced that broadloom with laminate underlaid with Dri-Core, a material designed to mitigate the effects of rising damp. Well, now that decision is paying off, but jeez Louise! Can’t I get a break here? First the humidifier drools, then the water heater drips, and now this! Colour me fed up.

It’s Sunday. Shower, church, lunch, laundry. Whee.