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Steps to Prevent Wet Basements - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 19, 2013

It is easy to believe that there is no such thing as a dry basement. There are too many wet basement horror stories like mold damage, destroyed sheet rock, ruined carpets and furniture, losses of stored items, and more.

Damp or leaky basements can result from settling of a foundation or can often mean you have improper drainage that can lead to foundation settlement and cracked concrete slabs and walls requiring costly repairs.

Five steps for preventing wet basements, basement cracks and serious foundation problems.

  • Purchase a dehumidifier to reduce minor basement dampness.
  • Repair or clean out broken or clogged rain gutters, spigots or sprinkler heads. Water from openly discharging down spouts should flow away from the foundation.
  • Try to divert the flow of water before it reaches the house with basic landscaping improvements.
  • Clean out or replace foundation drains if they appear to no longer function properly.
  • Have basement cracks sealed or repaired and seal water pipe penetrations in walls and slabs.

For more information on stopping wet, damp or leaky basements, contact A1-Foundation Crack Repair.

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