Spring and summer, are the seasons most people choose to sell their homes. Whether you are planning to buy or sell a home, there are various aspects to keep in mind when looking at a house. One of them is the basement. Here, we offer you articles that will give you a peek into how to spot a wet basement and what to do in case you have one.
Although we don’t have basements here in Texas, we always had them in New Jersey and in Connecticut when I was younger. One of the main issues my parents always had was with the basement leaking, which would happen every winter and sometimes during the spring. After consulting with a plumber, we learned that there are two common reasons for leaking basements, and their solutions are surprisingly simple.
Most basements, by the sheer nature of the fact that they are built into the ground, present the possibility that water can intrude, turning what was once a dry basement into a wet basement. This is because water in the soil can put constant pressure on basement walls. Plus, water follows the path of least resistance inside a home and over time can find its way into a basement.
Throughout my real estate career, I’ve encountered more problems with wet foundations and basements than any other physical problem in a house.
Even a little water down there means big trouble. Avoid it with these low-cost ways to dry out.
Do you dread going into the cellar during a hard rain? You just know you’re going to see puddles on the floor or get a sneezing fit from the musty air. A wet basement – a problem that plagues about 60% of homeowners, according to the American Society of Home Inspectors – is not a situation to ignore.