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Basement Water in Old House
Rick, sorry to hear about your wet basement problems! I will tell you that you are in very good company as this is one of the most common questions we are asked about.
While frustrating, there are simple solutions. For starters, please review these articles: Basement Waterproofing Tips and Wet Basement Solutions.
Based on what you have said above I am 100% confident that your problem is being cause by poor exterior drainage. When a basement leaks after a heavy rain, it is NEVER a rising water table, which is the ONLY time you need a subsurface drainage system. So, you do not need to add a second sump pump. What you probably do need to do first is carefully, and I mean very carefully, make absolutely sure that not a DROP of water from your gutter system is leaking out of those drain pipes any closer than the 15 feet away you ran those extensions. Also check to be sure the gutters are capturing all run-off especially during periods of heavy rain when gutters can become overwhelmed. Secondly, looking at the photo, which the home is up on a berm, I'm not sure that the perimeter soil slope away for the first 4 feet from the foundation. That "backfill zone" must slope away about 6 inches over 4 feet to keep the soil around the home dry.
Why do I have Moisture on Basement Support Beams?
Water leaking from inside a steel beam? Now THAT would be quite a trick! The problem is actually a lot simpler./ What you are sein is simply condensation. The basement air is damp, and the steel beam cold. As that warmer, moist air strikes the beam, it release moisture which condenses on the beams surface, ultimately showing up as drips that could appear likes it coming right out of the beam!
The solution is to reduce that humidity. A dehumidifier is one approach, but there are many other things I'd do before that. Primarily, you need to reduce the volume of water that is close to your foundation outside, by carefully and methodically extending downspouts, keeping the gutters clean and regrading the foundation perimeter if necessary. Follow the advice in our post about how to stop a leaking basement. Even though your basement isn't leaking, the very same principles apply.
Remove Greasy Smoke Stains from Wood Cabinets
I don't think that TSP will remove wood finish, but I'd test it to be sure. Remove a door or cabinet drawer, mix up a weak solution of TSP and warm water, and see how well it works. Just dont let the wood get excessively wet or it may warp.
If you've not tried it yet, Murphy's Oil Soap is also an option. It's very well regarded as a furniture cleaner and highly rated on Amazon.
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