Dealing with a Damp Basement

The Problem: Too much moisture in a home can lead to mold, mildew, or other unwanted biological growth. This condition can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems. Water may seep into basements and crawlspaces through the roof, walls, or foundation due to clogged gutters and downspouts, poor drainage, or a high water table.

Prescription Checklist:

  • Clean rain gutter and redirect downspout runoff away from the foundation.
  • Re-grade the ground around the house so that it slopes down away from the foundation (only if other solutions don’t work).
  • Provide adequate ventilation of internal sources of moisture, like dryers and bathrooms.
  • Seal around windows and any wall penetrations.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Star Program)

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