Minimize Sources of Water SeepageLook at the outside of your house. The ground around your home should be sloped away from your foundation which will allow water to flow away from your home. Your downspouts should be discharging at least 5 feet away from the foundation of your home. Any plants or shrubs around your home make should be least one foot away from the foundation. Root systems that have rotted can make pathways for water to easily travel down and into your basement.
Assess your basement Take the time to look around your basement and locate potential locations of water seepage. As your house settles cracks and fissures can occur in your foundation that allows for water to get in. Check your walls for signs of moisture too, as concrete’s porous surface can allow water to penetrate over time. Another common spot for water seepage to occur is the area where the floor and wall meet in your basement.
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