During a home inspection one of the most common concerns is water intrusion in the basement of the home. Keeping your basement dry is important to ensuring that you do not have water related issues in your home, such as mold.
On the outside of the home you want to make sure that water is not pooling around the foundation. One of the most common sources of pooling water comes from sprinklers that are too close to the house. Always check your sprinklers to ensure they are spraying the flowers and grass they are intended to and not dripping water down at the base of your house. Pooling water will run down against the exterior of the home and find ways to enter your home. The ground should always slope away from your foundation to help keep water away.
Inside your home, it is important that you check your sump-pump to ensure it is working properly and that there is a battery backup in case of a power outage. It is also a good idea to examine your basement for areas of possible leaks. In a finished basement you should keep an eye out for stains on the floor or carpet and mildew smells that can be signs that mold spores are growing. Here are a few tips for keeping your home dry. If there is no moisture in the home, then there can be no mold.
- Install a dehumidifier
- Insulate cold-water pipes with foam to prevent moist air from contacting them.
- Apply a coat of waterproofing agent to concrete walls.
- Identify and seal cracks in the foundation.
Here in Utah, the dry environment means that our major water concerns stem from man-made water issues. Sprinklers are a serious cause for concern around a home. Many homes have sprinkler heads that spray water directly onto the house. This water has only one place to go, down the side of your home’s foundation and into your basement. Check your sprinkler heads to ensure they are watering the plants as intended and not rinsing off the lower portion of your home’s exterior.
Living in a desert we are always looking for ways to conserve water. For more information on water conservation and Utah’s water future follow the links below.