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Dealing With Water in Your Basement

Water, as we all know, is a wondrous force. We marvel at waves, glaciers, canyons, we fear tsunamis and typhoons, we relax on beaches and in lakes. The faces of water are numerous, and its importance to us as living creatures is impossible to overstate. There are, however, circumstances and situations in which water, while not life-threatening, is also not at all desirable. Basements, for instance. And while it is possible that you had a pool intentionally installed down there, it is also highly unlikely that this is so.

In short, you don’t want water in your basement.

This goal, like all goals, is often easier to state than it is to achieve. Basements, even when dug to sit above the water table, easily begin to collect water. Many homeowners know the feeling of walking downstairs during a rainstorm to the horrifying sight of belongings floating across the carpet or cement floor. Sometimes the areas where the leaks occur are easy to spot, sometimes it seems as though the water is just coming up from the floor.

The dampness of basements is the reason why so many people find themselves dealing with mold issues (a topic we covered a month or so ago), something that must be resolved if a home is to be sold for its true worth. If you know that your basement has water issues, there is no better time than now to resolve them. We will be spending some time on this topic, so don’t worry about leaving today with some questions. Hopefully they will all be answered as we dive deeper into this subject.

For today, the message is a simple one:

  1. Many, many basements flood.
  2. Just because your basement floods doesn’t mean that your home is a disaster.
  3. There are numerous ways to approach and solve leaky basements.
  4. Hope, in other words, exists.

We will leave you today with a simple project: find out if the basement leaks. You can do this in a number of ways, but the simplest ones are to look for mold, damp spots on the ground or walls, water marks on the walls and any belongings that might be down there. If possible, head down to the basement during a heavy rain and see what happens. There’s always a chance that your basement never or very rarely floods. In these cases, the information that will follow from this article will not be necessary. If, on the other hand, you are among the majority of homeowners, you will find that at least some water enters your basement during rainfall or snow melt.

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