Before you spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars on “fixing” a wet basement, be sure you are not inviting water in! Follow these surprisingly easy steps to keep water from your roof and grounds from entering your house.
Most of our Home Inspectors say 95% of wet basement issues are fixable outdoors for just a few hundred dollars. They say there are 3 easy steps:
1. Make sure the gutters are not clogged and keep them clear. (This also helps with ice dams in winter.) That is the first line of defense – to collect the roof water.
2. Make sure the ground around the house slopes AWAY from the house. The vast majority of houses fail on this seemingly obvious point! This is the second line of defense, in case the gutters do get clogged.
3. The third line of defense is to install a downspout extension–you guessed it: 4-6 feet–to get the roof water away from the house.
You have now collected roof and surface water and directed it away from the house. Remember: 95% of problems are solved this way!
We have helped many clients – buyers, sellers, and just plain homeowners – diagnose and fix this issue. Want a pair of eyes on your problem? We are happy to stop by!