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Preventative Do-it-yourself Basement Waterproofing Tips

Basement waterproofing always begins outside the home.

Here is a handy checklist for preventing water from entering your home:

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  • Slope the ground away from the outside foundation, about 1-inch per foot. Extend the slope for at least 10 feet.
  • Promote good ventilation, regulated according to the weather conditions.
  • Install gutters and downspouts around your home. Check gutter system for debris or clogs.
  • Protect basement windows from heavy storms using metal or masonry window wells with gravel bottoms to permit drainage.
  • Consider putting a dehumidifier in the basement to lower moisture levels.
  • Trim heave growths of shrubbery allowing the soil to absorb more sunlight.
  • Promptly repair any leaking plumbing and insulate existing water pipes.
  • Use a large box fan in the basement to continuously circulate the airflow.
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