We are approaching the best time of year to look at homes. The ground is thawing, the rains will come, and if moisture is going to show up in basements that’s the time. Not that home sellers are untruthful on their property disclosures, but ground settles around homes making water run toward the house, rather than away from the house. This could cause water seepage in your basement or crawl space.
Water seepage could be and easy fix
I owned a home for many years and never had a problem with seepage until all of a sudden, water seeped in. All it took was some regrading, and viola problem solved. So while I am not encouraging folks to go out looking on a rainy day, the day or 2 after is a good time, and after the ground thaws.
This isn’t always a deal killer. My situation was a perfect example of how time, the weight of snow, plant material, mulching caused the ground to sink a bit, and change the flow of water over the life of the home that was built in 1975. Just simply changing the grading by adding dirt and new mulch, and extending my downspouts completely took care of the water seepage problem. I was getting ready to put my home on the market, so I was glad that it happened before I did so there were no surprised during the sale, or afterwards for the new owners.
There is always a fix for water seepage, better to catch them early. Clean your gutters and downspouts. Make sure your grading under your landscaping outside hasn’t sunk, causing the water flow to run towards you house, rather than away from your house. If everything looks Okay and you still have a problem, call a professional who can assess the situation. You might need a new sump pump, or a back up pump to make sure you are covered if the electricity goes out in a storm.
Because basements are below ground level, eventually you will see signs that you need to check, and stay on top of it before the dreaded flooding occurs.