Signs of basement dampness

Posted: February 22, 2012 in Inspector Jim's Blog
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Basement dampness and seepage is a very common problem, including crawl spaces. In most cases, you do not need to hire a contract to correct this issue.

What causes basement dampness is the failure of controling roof and surface water. When water stands too close to the foundation/basement wall, the water creates what is known as hydrostatic pressure. This is the force that pushes the water thru the walls. So, providing a good gutter system and a good grade to shed water from the foundation walls will correct the problem

A good grade is too build-up the soil around the foundation, and slope it to shed water from the foundation.

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