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Wet Basements
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Wet Basements

How Do You Know?

How do know whether your basement walls are wet due to water seepage or condensation in the air? Try taping a 1 ft. square piece of aluminum foil to the wall with some duct tape. After a couple days inspect the foil.
If the foil side facing the wall is moist, you have water seepage into the basement. Find a masonry sealer like ThoroSeal to waterproof the wall.
If the foil side facing the room is moist, you have condensation and need better air circulation and or a dehumidifier.

Gutter/Downspouts

April showers bring May flowers and damp basements! Double check your gutters and downspouts, ridding them of leaves, twigs and other debris. This will help your basement stay dry!


Insulate

Heating Loss

Believe it or not, today’s average well-insulated home loses 1/5 of its total heating bill to the earth and air surrounding the basement. The average homeowner can save $140 each year by insulating their basement. A low-cost job that most people can do themselves.






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