If you are a homeowner with a basement, you will know the problems that can arise if the basement is damp. The very nature of a basement with its below-grade position makes it more likely to experience these kinds of issues. While it’s true that some of the causes are hard to prevent, what can you do to prevent this from happening as much as possible? Let’s address other areas of the home that could indicate damp problems in the basement, this will be helpful especially if you are looking to buy a home.
Although you may see obvious signs of damp in the basement itself, its beneficial to check other areas of the home that might indicate the cause. One reason could be that the property does not have enough grade (or slope). This would mean that water would not drain away from the house as it should, leaving water to pool around the foundations, making the basement susceptible to damp issues. If you are looking at houses to buy, you might want to ask about this.
Another area to check is along the roofline as well as gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts, if not addressed, will create damp problems in the home. Make sure that downspouts are positioned the correct distance away from the property (at least 10 feet). In this way, water will be directed away from the foundations.
As we can see, there are some preventative measures that can be taken to stop water from pooling around the foundations of the property. A home inspector will point out these potential problems to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like your basement inspected.