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8 Tips for Repairing and Avoiding Basement Moisture

Repairing and Avoiding Basement Moisture

Basements are notorious for attracting moisture, which can cause unpleasant odors. If dampness issues are not corrected, they could lead to cosmetic or structure damage in your home, along with other potential problems.

Simply rerouting gutters or running a dehumidifier easily addresses many wet basement issues. However, if the culprit is caused by improper drainage or ground water, it may be more involved.

Here are eight tips to help you alleviate moisture buildup in your basement.

#1 Extend and Reroute Gutters

Adding additional footage to a gutter system above ground will help reroute water further from your house. The process simply requires using gutter extensions that dump water at least five feet from the house. The downside to this is the metal or plastic gutter pieces lying on the ground may impede a walking path or make lawn care more difficult. The optimal long-term solution is extending the system underground with drainage pipes.

#2 Repair Small Leaks

Plumbing leaks are a common cause for basement moisture and even a small leak at a piping seam or a hairline crack can result in a wet basement. For small leaks, a polyurethane caulk or hydraulic cement will provide a quick-fix solution. However, if the moisture areas are directly on the floor or walls, it is a more serious issue that involves groundwater or invisible plumbing problems.

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