Concrete Sweating Problems

You may often need to consult plumbing contractors for your home improvements. They are capable to give you the perfect solution when you are facing any kind of plumbing problem be it is a simple or complex one. If you are constructing a new home then you are in need of a good plumber who can carry out all your plumbing installation suggesting what you need to do or which direction you should take the plumbing. Apart from new building you may also in need of the help of a plumbing consultant in case of renovation or maintenance. This is because your dream home may not always be brand new, with fresh paint and home essentials. After some years pass by there will arise a situation where lot of renovation, sweat is necessary before your home takes its old form in which plumbing also considered to be very essential.

Main mistake where people go wrong whenever they renovate their house they won't take into consideration about the plumbing system as they normally wait for the plumbing problems to pop out to make any changes in their system. You should remember that renovations are not only made to interiors or home facade. As there are also changes require on an added shower for example or a new kitchen sink and these changes will adversely affect the current plumbing system.

During renovations there are numerous things that could occur which would damage your current plumbing system. It is always advisable for you that you should take necessary precautions before an emergency plumbing requirement arises. That's why it is stated that before starting your home improvement it is always advisable to consult a plumbing consultant. They are capable of give you the best options and are able to identify the exact problems of your plumbing and also in many areas where the plumbing is concerned.

By consulting a good plumber you are able to save money and time will give you a better idea what actions need to be taken for plumbing considerations. Renovations are always impose heavy expense and if anything goes wrong it cannot be taken lightly. Sometimes it may become a total waste of money whenever you undergo a change in your plumbing system. So whenever you plan to renovate your plumbing system then it should be well planned and care should be taken that no additional costs on both materials and labour takes place.

The emergency plumbing problem which arises may be in your system already and may be only after few years it will make them known after it being compound into a big serious problem. When there is an emergency occurs that time you may think that it will be better if you spend your money on hiring a good plumbing consultancy. In other word prolonging could only mean additional and spreading damage of your system which requires more expensive repairs and the only remedy to spend less is to control the damage by way of proper maintenance and solve it early on by identifying the problem at the right time. If you invest some time on your plumber then it will help you to save hundreds on repairs.

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16 thoughts on “Concrete Sweating Problems

  1. How To Fix Sweating Outdoor Concrete?
    My back patio sweats after it rains or after it gets hot and its been cold the past few days…I just need some information how to fix it.

    • put an epoxy paint type sealer on the concrete that will ssolve any problems. it needs to be an epoxy type of paint to adhere to the concrete and last

  2. What to cover a cement floor with to prevent moisture?
    Hello all, I have a building behind my home and my son wants to make it into an apartment, It was an apartment once long ago, the problem is, it is all cement flooring and the moisture caused certain areas to become moldy..I had plastic and rubber lament with carpet on top any suggestions on how to cover cement floors and what is proper that can help to eliminate moisture? I prefer carpet for warmth but any ideas?

    • To eliminate the moisture there needs to be ventilation of some kind and/or a vapor barrier over the concrete. If the slab is poured directly on the ground it will almost always sweat with changes in humidity levels in the air as the concrete will be at pretty much a constant temperature. Think about how stones in your yard react to the moisture in the air on a muggy summer morning. Hence the vapor barrier ( plastic ) or an epoxy coating applied to the dried surface to lock out the hydrostatic pressure within the slab. Then I would suggest one of the newer building products such as Dry-deck which is made for basements and incorporates a wood-type surface with built-in ventilation grids on the underside. You can apply a vast range of floor coverings over it and it can be found under different names in many of the home improvement stores and centers.

  3. How could I put sheetrock in my basement without the risk of mold?
    We’ve always had wood paneling with spaces in the basement so that the concrete behind the walls could “breathe” and prevent moisture from building up. The problem is it looks horrible and we want to replace it with sheetrock. Is there anything we could put behind the sheetrock, or any special kind of sheetrock we could use for our basement?

    Would we need any special insulation?

    Woodtick314, they are full 2×4. Your answer doesn’t address the issue of the concrete sweating and causing mold from lack of “breathing” though.

    • Are they full 2×4 walls or just furring strips on the wall? If full 2×4, insulate with R-13 and rock over the studs. If 2x furring strips are nailed to the concrete wall, cut pieces of 1-1/2″ styrofoam to fit between, then rock the walls. Either of these assumes you have no water issues in the basement. If you do, you have to have these corrected before you do anything. Hope this helps.

      EDIT: The walls sweat when warm moist air comes in contact with cold. By insulating the walls, this keeps the warm air from contacting the cold concrete walls, which all but eliminates condensation. If done properly, there will be no mold issue. Good luck.

  4. How do I keep my freestanding concrete storm cellar from sweating?
    The cellar has been in place for 8 or 9 years, and has only recently started sweating on one wall.
    I referred to the cellar as freestanding because it isn’t in a basement or other structure. It is just a concrete cellar with a flat roof. The top of the cellar is higher than the dirt surrounding it, and there is never any standing water on top of it. We are having some standing water issues around the base of the dirt area when there is significant rain, but that is several feet away from the cellar itself.

    • 2 main causes: Wall gets wet from the outside and seeps in and appears on the interior surface, or water vapor in the air inside the room is condensing on the interior surface of the wall.

      Easy test to determine which it is: Dry a small area on the wall where it gets damp, using a portable electric heater or hair dryer. Tape a piece of aluminum foil flat against the wall surface. come back the next day, or whenever you expect the wall to be sweating, and check the foil. If the dampness is on the side facing the interior, the source of the moisture is in the room. If the side of the foil that was against the formerly dry wall is wet, the water is seeping in from the outside.

      One cure: Paints made to seal out water from the inside of a basement or cellar will only keep water out until the first tiny cracks occurs in the paint’s coat. So you have to plan on reapplying this periodically. I would take a grain of salt with the claims of any specific product, as to how long they will last. Under what circumstances, and what is the minimum, average, and maximum time they have been known to last without leaking. Look for real person testimony vs online people who may be a company agent posting good feedback on the product.

      A better cure: If the sweating just started, and your test shows the water coming in from outside, examine the source of the water. If the wall is untreated and has been for 8 or 9 years, then my guess is the flow of surface water relative to the cellar has changed. Freestanding suggests a roof or other surface over the cellar designed to keep water out. Does the roof or cover leak? Does it drain water off the edge and the earth it falls upon now slope toward the cellar when it once sloped away? Raise the grade of the earth under the roof of the cellar so that water coming off the roof hits dirt that is sloped away from the cellar and has some place to go, at least a few yards or preferably more away from the cellar. this is the number one solution to a leaky basement. Get the surface water away from the basement and let it soak in the ground.

      The best cure is a combination of both, but I would skip the interior sealing paint unless you just can’t solve the problem with improved water flow outside.

  5. How many people have had problems after vasectomy ?
    How many people have had problems after vasectomy , pain , more health problems , hot cold sweats, etc

    • The urologists that perform vasectomy will state that serious problems after vasectomy are rare and only happen about 1 in 10,000. That is a gross understatement. How often it happens is debatable. I believe it to happen much more often and feel many men and doctors attribute any problems to other things and dismiss it when it’s in reference to a vasectomy. Why? Urologists like the easy money vasectomy provides. It’s a 15 minute office call that they can charge hundreds of dollars for. Men don’t want to admit they are having trouble with their “equipment” after a vasectomy because it emasculates them. Plus they don’t want their “bits” to be cut on again. My husband developed PVPS…long term chronic pain in the testicles. Some statistics say that this can happen in up to 1/3 of vasectomized men. I’ve heard of men that didn’t follow their doctor’s instructions and ended up with PVPS. And I’ve heard of men that followed every instruction and still ended up with PVPS. It is a guessing game whether a particular man will end up with it. If your husband does end up with it, it will change his life. There are other things, besides PVPS that can happen. Hematomas can result from any surgery.(see my first source) Sperm granulomas are frequent. (see my second source) Congestive epididimytis and blow-outs can occur. (see my third source) The only reason hot/cold sweats might result that I know of, is in certain cases, extreme back pressure or congestive epididimytis or the accidental disruption of blood supply to the testicles causes the testicle to atrophy over time in some men leading to a reduction in hormones which then in turn affects the male system. Kidney stones are more common in men who have had a vasectomy. Osteoporosis is more common. There have been links to heart disease, prostate cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, but no concrete proof. There are indications there are more auto-immune diseases in men with vasectomies because of the anti-sperm antibodies that are produced post vasectomy and the taxing on the male’s system to reabsorb all the sperm produced post vasectomy. For a list of possible problems and why they happen, see my fourth and fifth sources.

  6. basement walls are wet. how long does it take to dry on new construction?
    concrete foundation was poored in march. my basement walls have water marks approx. one foot up from the floor. my builder says the concrete is sweating because the house is new. he also said it should take 6-9 months to fully dry. is he right or do i have a big problem?

    • the builder is somewhat correct. It does take concrete several months to “cure” (what he’s calling “sweating”)
      However, since the basement walls were one of the first things constructed and it probably took several months to frame, enclose and finish the house, it should have mostly dried.
      If the basement is not air conditioned, it could also be condensation of moist hot air condensing on the cool face of the basement wall.
      I assume you put in a “french drain” around the perimeter of the basement wall in a gravel base set below the basement floor level. This would collect any ground water and take it to a sump pit where a pump would discharge the water into a storm sewer line.

  7. I wanted to keep my motorcycle in a cargo trailer through the cold months. How can i safely heat it?
    My problem is that when it warms after a cold period it would sweat while covered in the carport. I was hoping that getting it off of the cold concrete would help but wasn’t sure if i needed to put a heat source in the cargo trailer.

    • If you cover it good it will not sweat.

      You don’t need to heat a cargo trailer. Just get some simple instructions on how to winterize your bike and do it. Usually you remove the battery, fill the tank with gas and fuel stabilizer, fill the crankcase with oil, and put a table spoon of oil in the spark plug holes. It’s a good idea to keep it off the concrete. This will eventually make flat spots on the tires. Park in on a board and cover it.

  8. How do I stop my palms from sweating?
    I play the piano so sweaty palms are a great problem to me. Sometimes, when I get nervous before playing a difficult piece, my palms sweat so much that my playing gets distorted. Please help me, i need a quick way to solve this because my piano recital is on Sunday and I don’t want to mess up. I easily get nervous and I guess I have stage fright so please give me advice. I’ve been working hard on my piece so please help me. Please make the advice specific and concrete. Thank you in advance.

    • you need to find a way to relax when your playing a difficult piece.
      Maybe before you play, you can find an extreme outlet of anxiety
      such as roller coaster riding, or something that will make you
      release stress by letting go. You will find the more stress you let go before
      you play, the less you will sweat.

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