Ensuring a dry basement for the enjoyment of your family, for storage, or to simply keep it dry for health issues means being vigilant about the state of your basement walls and foundation. To ensure you have a dry basement inspect your home for signs of water after a storm, and after the cold winter for signs of seepage. Here are 3 reasons why water find its way to the basement of your home.
- Cracks in the foundation of your home can lead water to continually seeped into the basement. A small crack can leave you with a big problem if you are not vigilant, and let those cracks become bigger. Checking the walls, floor and foundation of your home yearly can alert you if you have a problem.
- Keeping the gutters clean of debris can help the water move freely, and away from the foundation of your home.
- Uneven driveways, or uneven soil can let the water sit around the foundation of your home, and find its way to the basement. Flat flower beds, or soil slopping away from your foundation should keep water from seeping into the home.
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Frigid weather doesn’t just leave cracks in your skin and emotional well-being. It does a good job of ripping up your flooring, too.
“Humidity levels drop significantly in the winter due to the colder, denser air around us,” says Bryan Baeumler. “If you start to notice gaps opening up in your hardwood flooring, baseboard and trim, even cabinets, that’s a good sign your home is too dry. The humidity in your home should be between 35 to 40 per cent. Any lower and everything starts to shrink. Make sure you’re in the sweet spot by monitoring humidity levels, and installing a humidifier and dehumidifier.”
Thankfully, the star of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan and Canada’s Handyman Challengehas the advice you need to mend your winter wounds. This week, he answers Star readers’ questions on cracked concrete, popping planks and cold garage floors.
Hi, Bryan. We recently looked at a house (for sale) with the garage concrete pad full of gaping, criss-crossing, jagged cracks. The owners had moved everything out of the basement to the garage and would not move things in the garage for a better look. Also, the basement was newly finished and one wall had a double wall. So there was the concrete foundation exterior wall, and then another wall inside — with a space of over a foot between the two walls. The interior wall was the studs and framing and drywall. Why would this be done?