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As a homeowner one of the worst problems you can deal with is a moisture leak and water damage in your home's interior. Water leaks and moisture damage can lead to mold and mildew problems along with destruction to many furnishings, books, and carpeting. Here are two improvements you can make to your home to keep its interior dry and free of moisture intrusion and leaks.
Replace and Update Your Roof Gutter Drainage
The process in which water drains off the roof of your home and onto the surrounding landscaping can either prevent or cause interior water leaks. Your basement, crawlspace, or foundation is going to be the first place water seeps into within your home, as it is at the lowest elevation. Water from your roof flows downward from its original height, and it is essential to have a properly-functioning gutter system, downspouts, and diverters that deliver rain runoff well away from your home's foundation. If rain falls from a failing gutter and upon the soil around your home's foundation, it can leak into your home.
First, make sure your gutters are not sagging or disconnected from your roof, and are not leaking from holes or cracks. Old gutters that are worn and showing these types of damage should be replaced with a new gutter installation, which can consist of a seamless design or one with a debris collection screen to keep your gutters free of blockages.
If your gutters are newer, keep them cleaned out and maintained for optimal performance. Depending on the number of trees in your yard, it is recommended to clean them out several times each year of leaves, twigs, and other blown-in debris to keep them fully-functioning.
Install a Basement Drainage System
In addition to keeping a properly-working roof drainage system to send water away from your home's foundation, you may need to still install a basement drainage system to remove any water that may find its way into your home. This can be a problem if your home is built on an area with a high water table or excess rainfall has saturated the soil around your home.
Talk to a professional basement waterproof contractor about installing a French drain and sump pump system to collect water in your basement flooring and pump it out of your home. Plan to allow your contractor access to cut a trench around your basement floor perimeter to install a drainage pipe within the floor.
After this is installed, you can replace any flooring and finishing to the room to resume your normal life. Once excess moisture seeps into the basement, the drain will catch it, and the sump pump will activate to pump the water outside your home.