A damp basement is a problem for many homeowners. It can create all kinds of issues such as bad air quality and mold. While there are various reasons a basement becomes damp, one of those reasons is that too much water gathers around the home’s foundation. Is there a way of preventing this from happening?
In order to prevent water from gathering around a foundation, its important to first identify the cause. One of the major causes is that gutters and downspouts are leaking. This could be because they are either clogged or have not been installed properly. Downspouts should be fitted so that they drain water away from the foundations, 10 feet being the ideal amount.
Another cause of water gathering around a foundation is that the property does not have the correct amount of grade or slope. Evening out uneven grading could help to prevent this from happening.
If a home is situated at the base of a hill or incline, it could experience problems with pooling water. Swales (small ditches) can be dug at a distance of about 10 to 15 feet away from the property. These are designed to divert water away from the home.
While it is true that there are many reasons why a basement might experience damp problems, preventing water from gathering around the homes foundations is one way to stop this from happening.