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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.

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Do You Need To Waterproof Your Basement?

by Paul Burton

Most people assume that because they have a wet basement they need to waterproof it. However, basement leaks can be caused by several different things. It doesn't always mean that you need to reseal your basement. So, before you hire a basement waterproofing company, take a minute to determine whether one of things issues may be causing your problem.

Gutters

People don't normally think to look at their roof when their basement is leaking. However, if your gutters and/or downspouts are non-existent, leaking, or clogged, rain water falls off of the roof creating puddles of water near your foundation. When the soil along your foundation is sopping wet, the water can leak into your basement through tiny openings or cracks in the masonry. If you believe your gutters are causing the problem, you should:

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are debris free.
  • Repair any damaged portions of the gutters and/or downspouts.
  • Install wire mesh along the top of the gutters, lengthwise, to keep leaves, twigs, and other debris out.
  • Make sure you have one downspout installed for every 600 to 800 square feet of roof.
  • Extend your downspouts so that they are away from the outside foundation.
  • Place a concrete splash block underneath your downspouts to direct flowing water away from your house.

Basement Windows

If your basement windows aren't protected, rainwater can seep in around and below the windows. Fortunately, this is a fairly simple fix. Simply purchase and install basement window covers on the outside of your windows to protect them from the rain. Window covers are typically made from clear plastic, and they curve downward to cover your basement window like an awning.

Dense Shrubbery

If you have a densely planted garden around the foundation of your home, the soil will stay wet longer. By trimming your bushes, the soil will get more sunlight and dry faster. Also, when you're examining the flower beds around your home to make sure they are getting enough sunlight, make sure that the soil itself is level. Over time, the soil in your flower beds can shift. If the soil sits in a downward slope against your home, rainwater is running directly into your foundation.

No one wants to discover that their basement is leaking. There's always a chance that you will need to call a waterproofing company to reseal the basement completely. However, it's important to determine where the water is coming from before you waterproof the basement. In the long run, a few inspections and repairs could save you a lot of time and money.

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