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What Can A Homeowner Do To Prevent Water From Getting Into Their House

Posted by Chris Devin May 8, 2014 11:21 AM

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BY: Wayne Czybora

On a rainy day:
Go outside and make sure the water is being directed far enough away from the house
-add gutters and downspouts (if there are none)
-make sure they are in good condition (no leaks) and gutters are properly sloped
towards downspouts
-make sure gutters are cleaned out
-make sure downspouts extend at least 4 feet from the foundation
-make sure the grading slopes down and away from the house
-seal up any gaps around windows and any pipes/conduit that enter the house

Go into the attic and look for leaks, especially around chimneys, vent pipes and roof vents

Go into the basement and look for water penetration
-seal up any foundation cracks with hydraulic cement
-if water penetration persists, you may have to install a sump pump (make sure it
has a battery backup system) or a french drainage system

Go into the crawl space (if possible) and look for water penetration, as well (btw, if itís a dirt floor, pour a concrete floor, if possible. If not, at least put plastic sheeting down 6 mil thick over the dirt floor, overlap and tape each piece and make sure the crawl space is properly ventilated).


For more information or if you are buying or selling your home and are looking for an expert home inspector you can reach out to Wayne Czybora at Bonafide Home Inspections by clicking here.

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