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Basement Leaks, Grading, and Eavestroughs

Posted April 15th, 2006 under renovations and repairs.

Damp basement walls? Rivers running through? Before you rush to the yellow pages, go outside and check the grounds around the house. Most water problems are caused by faulty grading. The grounds need to slope away from the house for at least two to four feet, and the down spouts should extend out from the house no less than six feet.

Next time it rains, take an umbrella and walk outside to check your eaves trough. Is water overflowing at certain spots? Check for obstructions or low points in the slope towards the down spout. Even if your grounds are graded correctly, water overflowing the eaves will penetrate down to the foundation and create at least dampness - if not a river.

Do you want to know more about maintaining the value of your home? Just ask me, I'll be happy to help.

--Peter

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