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Tips for Minimizing Moisture Levels in Your Basement

Last updated 4 years ago

Moisture infiltration in your basement can cause a host of issues, including poor indoor air quality and mold growth. Moisture infiltration also presents a threat to your foundation if left unaddressed, which is why it is important to correct these problems as soon as possible. Identifying specific problems and scheduling drainage correction with a foundation repair specialist can help you employ complete solutions to protect your home:

Identify Potential Problems

One of the most common causes of basement moisture is poor grading of your home’s lot. A shallow slope, or a lack of slope, allows water to collect and flow toward your home’s foundation. Gutters that empty directly onto the ground next to your home’s walls can eventually create areas where water pools. Any situation that encourages water to flow in any direction other than away from your home can eventually cause a wet basement.

Implement Tailored Solutions

Once you have identified areas that could be improved around your home, take the appropriate measures to encourage proper drainage. Drainage correction involves creating an appropriate slope on your lot to help direct water away from your foundation. You should also consider measures like underground polymer linings and waterproof coatings that are utilized both on the exterior and interior walls of your basement. Sump pumps are ideal for unfinished basement interiors and can also be incorporated into finished basements with sump pits. Extended downspouts help avoid pooling rainwater. French drains can be used as the final measure to actively collect moisture and send it away from your foundation walls.

To learn more about solving basement moisture problems and protecting your home’s foundation, give Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. a call at (972) 484-1200. To find out how we perform drainage correction on residential properties, take a look at our helpful website.

 

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