Home Owner Tips by Dana-- keeping water out of your basement

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty VT# 082-0007326

 This Home owner blog tip: Working for a dry basement.

 There are many ways water/moisture can get into your basement. This is a blog with helpful tips and is not meant to be a blueprint to having a perfectly dry basement. (There are some successful local companies that take care of existing or new wet basement problems) (disclaimer)

1.)    Keep you gutters cleaned out. If you don’t have them it is a good investment

2.)   Surface water must be directed away from the basement walls.

3.)  Most builders have the soil next to the house higher than the surrounding land and direct the water into a swale that flows away from the house.

This works well until the soil next to the house compresses where it was excavated for the foundation (loose soil) you then lose the high ground near the house and the water can puddle then drain near the foundation.

Fill near house if needed to raise level from compression.

4.) Even if properly installed perimeter drains could become plugged by sod growing in or around opening. Clear opening. If not screened install landscape fabric (wire mesh) near opening. See photo. Perimiter Drain screen

This will keep rodents from building a nest during dry months or storing stuff in there. If a cool basement has high humidity (read dew point) objects will sweat and items will be damp/dank and musty from mildew.

Extreme cases will grow lots of mold. Yuk!  Install a dehumidifier that drains directly into waste so you don’t have to empty bucket every couple days in the summer. If you have a basement that is very problematic there are excellent systems that are garranteed to work which can be installed by local contractors. Here is a link to a Bob Villa video on such a sump pump system. They even have a drain spot for your dehumidifier to drain into.       

Stay Dry and enjoy this wonderful sunny weather.

For any real estate related questions in Northwestern Vermont give me call!

... If you need or want a devoted REALTOR®

call Dana Basiliere @ 802-238-3939 or email Dana@VermontisHome.com

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Dana- a BIG welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on your first Feature.  Our friends went to St Michaels in Burlington!

Sep 18, 2012 05:59 AM #16
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Good morning Dana. Stopped over from Jerry Newman's blog to say hi and congrats on your first Feature.

Sep 18, 2012 06:04 AM #17
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Good morning Danaandcongrats on your first of many features to come!  Glad you've jumped in the Rain.  If I can ever be of any help please feel free to give me a shout out.  That's one of the cool things about AR we are here for each other. 

Sep 18, 2012 06:56 AM #18
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome to blogging in the Rain.

 

Sep 18, 2012 07:23 AM #19
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Hey Dana... Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on the Feature...

Sep 18, 2012 01:57 PM #20
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Dana, welcome to Active Rain. I was thrilled to see Jerry feature you in Newbie Tuesdays...

This is a cool post and informative too - did you sketch the illustration?  Congratulations on the Gold Star.

Sep 18, 2012 03:29 PM #21
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Richard & Beth, Thank you.

Debb Thanks and yes I drew the sketch. I have been taking the blogging webinar and wanted to have a catchy visual in there. ;)

 

Sep 18, 2012 04:00 PM #22
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Congratulations on your feature!  This is great information for homeowners with basements.

Sep 18, 2012 05:23 PM #23
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Dana, just saw you got a mention on Jerry's blog. Welcome to ActiveRain!

Sep 19, 2012 05:11 AM #24
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This is all excellent advice and good tips.  Very good blog.  I stopped by Jerry's blog and want to welcome you to AR.

Sep 19, 2012 01:12 PM #25
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Kathy, Michael and Bryan,

Thank you for the welcome. I have wanted to publish another blog (I have it in partial draft) but I keep getting busy at work. It’s that proverbial double edge sword.

Sep 19, 2012 01:51 PM #26
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Welcome to AR.  You couldn't have joined a more supportive community.

Sep 23, 2012 11:00 AM #27
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Liz,

Thank you and you are absolutely right. When I first stuck my toe in the rain water I was not sure but I soon found that the support and camaraderie were unsurpassed.  

 

Sep 23, 2012 01:25 PM #28
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Your fellow Coldwell Banker agent from Newport Beach, CA is looking forward to following you.

Sep 25, 2012 06:32 PM #29
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Mary Lou,

Thanks, I stopped by your blog too. I am following you too ;-)

 

Sep 26, 2012 09:41 AM #30
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Dana - I missed this post when it was originally published -- important topic with lots of good information.   Congrats on the gold star -- the first of many, I'm  sure.  

Oct 28, 2012 06:31 PM #31
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Michael, Thank you. I did not see your post right away. I was just looking at this post because I am doing another in the This Home owner blog tip: series 

Nov 29, 2012 07:14 PM #32
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To the General Public.... Feel free to leave comments if you like.  DanaB

Dec 30, 2012 07:56 PM #33
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Dana, Excellent information. I am not a fan of basements but if I have one it must be dry.

Jan 07, 2013 05:31 PM #34
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Hi Debbie and thanks for stopping by,

A basement can be a real asset to a home and up here in the northern climates most have them but if they are wet... well there is not much you can do with them but keep your heating system down there. With the knowledge, materials and technology there is no reason to have a basement that is not dry as popcorn if you are building a new home and if your existing home has a wet basement there are steps to correct it.

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