How to Keep Your Basement Dry

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Home Inspector with STLhomeinspector.com

Step 1.  Make sure the ground alongside the foundation is sloped away from the house. Your yard should be graded to direct water to an appropriate drainage area.

Step 2.  Keep the gutters clean and free of obstructions so that water is directed away from the house's foundation (see "eHow to Clean Gutters').

Step 3.  Caulk any openings around basement windows or doors.

Step 4.  Paint the basement walls with waterproof paint.

Step5.  Install a sump pump that has an automatic switch. (Also consider installing a generator for your sump pump in case there is a power failure during a storm.)

Step 6.  Consult an established waterproofing or landscape contractor if there is a need for more serious remediation projects, such as installing underground drainage or regrading your yard.

Source:  Ehow.com

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Rainmaker
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Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
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Almost all of our basements here are called swimming pools because of the water table.

Jan 26, 2009 05:37 AM #1
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Glen Kotulek
Home Critique Property Inspections LLC - Austin, TX
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Good info, but we do not have basements here in central Texas!  Glad I don't have to deal with them!  Best of luck in your business.

Jan 26, 2009 11:50 AM #2
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Nikki Marlatt-Young
At Ease Home Inspections - Arbutus, MD
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Dont forget to keep stairs clear of leaves and other debris!!!!

wet basement

Feb 04, 2009 10:44 PM #3
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
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Hi Billy - Thanks for the useful information.  It's amazing how many basements are wet when I take buyers through homes.  We see this often in older homes and especially "vacant" homes.  Water in the basement is almost always a "negative" for buyers.

Mar 06, 2009 11:16 PM #4
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Bill Dean
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Hi Billy,

The inspectors I have used always tell me 95% of basement problems can be solved by the one you mentioned FIRST==Gotta have the Slope AWAY!!!  Great info, can I repeat it in a blog?   Bill

May 10, 2009 12:52 PM #5
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