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Basement Crack Repair and Other Water Problems - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 26, 2013

Water is the No. 1 enemy of homes, and any problems related to water top the list the repairs that homeowners need to do immediately.

Water can enter your home through the roof, the foundation, a leaky pipe penetration or a blocked drain, but either way, the longer the water sits there the more damage there will be.
 
Then comes the mold. Mold is a major problem because it grows in damp, dark areas after the water has entered your basement. The longer it grows, the more problems it causes and the harder it can be to eliminate.

A home inspection can pinpoint any problem areas before water intrusion starts.  But, if you’re already seeing water stains it means there’s a problem that needs to be addressed quickly.

Maintaining your home’s roof, gutters and pipes, as well as checking for foundation cracks and basement cracks is all crucial to prevent water from entering your home, often in places you won’t notice immediately.

Water drainage and water flow are two areas that need attention and can be forgotten in the day-to-day living in a home.

A maintenance guide on the NAHB website, includes four additional common exterior and interior repairs:

  • Maintain a home’s gutters by cleaning them out regularly, particularly in the spring and fall. Build-up of leaves and dirt or roofing materials can cause the gutters to overflow. That water can sit next to the home’s foundation and seep into the basement, crawl space or slab.
  • If your home has cracks, repair them. Also check for foundation cracks and have them repaired.
  • Recaulk showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilets to keep water out of your walls and floors.
  • Check, repair and seal window leaks. This can bring water in, causing mold and structural damage.

For more information, contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair.

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