LEAKING BASEMENTS are common and can be the most concerning of house problems. Review your property annually for the issues listed below. These are causes of basement leaks.
* Improper grading. Ensure that all grounds slope away from the foundation.
* Patios and walkways require slope away from the house.
* Grading should always be 4 to 6 " below siding and brick
* Clean gutters/eves troughs twice a year and ensure proper drainage.
* Downspouts should extend 4 to 6 feet (1 to 2 metres) away from the house.
* Disconnect and extend all downpipes that enter into the ground they are likely collapsed or clogged.
* Monitor all cracks or faults in the foundation walls.
*Window wells should be installed where window sills are not 4 - 6 " above the ground.
* Seal all through-wall penetrations or wall flashings.
* Large trees close to the house could cause damage below grade to the foundation.
* Raised flower beds should be sloped away from the house.
* Driveway should slope away from the house.
* Neighbour's properties should not drain onto your property.
* Underground sprinkler system outlet to be positioned and directed away from the house.
* Clean all drains or catch basins annually.
Roofs and windows may leak due to poor or cracked caulking, faulty seals, worn shingles and driving rain into opennings.
If you have made the above corrections and leakage continues, contact me. I can recommend an inspector to detect the problem and direct you toward corrective measures.

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