Interior changes, Uncategorized

Wall cracks and mold, oh my

Let’s return to the rec room renovation. As a reminder, our house is a three level split and the lower level consists of a rec room, bedroom, and half bath. There’s also a laundry “room”-I’ll leave that for another post-and a ginormous crawl space.

If you saw the last post on the rec room, this was the state it was in:


Not exactly an inviting space.

As anyone who has done renovations knows, taking down walls and ceilings can uncover other unexpected issues. And that’s what happened here. We found some cracks on 2 external walls of this level and some mold on the walls near the ground. So, we called a bunch of basement experts out to start collecting opinions.

The mold, fortunately, was minimal. So, I gathered the appropriate equipment


And scrubbed it away. Problem 1 solved.

The wall cracks were slightly more complicated, but not as bad as they could have been. As I mentioned, we brought out several experts and the consensus was the cracking on the rec room wall is not concerning.


So, we had a mason come out and tuck point the cracks and we can proceed with framing, insulation, and drywall. Woohoo!

The cracks on the other wall were a little more concerning. So, we had these tuck pointed as well and will monitor over the next couple seasons for changes. So, the bedroom down here will stay like this for the foreseeable future:


Isn’t it lovely? I particularly like the black glue left on the walls from the paneling. It’s a good look.

At least the rec room can be finished, which is much more vital for our day-to-day function. We’ll just close the door on this lovely space for the next 6 months or so and wait and pray it looks exactly the same when we reopen it.



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