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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop in my home! One of the biggest sources of any home damage is often due to water. Water problems can creep in over months or years so it’s vital to your home to take preventative and in some cases corrective measures, to keep water where it belongs, away from your home. 

Water Penetration

Surface Water
Water or excessive moisture in the crawlspace or basement primarily results from improperly controlled surface water from rain or snow entering through or below the foundation wall.

Ground Water
A less frequent culprit of moisture penetration is when the groundwater in the soil (water table) rises to or above the crawlspace floor or basement slab.

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Surface Water

Controlling the surface water around a home is an important but often overlooked step. Surface water refers to that which is introduced to the soil when it rains. The water, if not properly controlled, may lead to water penetration of the interior of the home and resulting damage to the structure, interior surfaces, and homeowner belongings. In addition, hydrostatic pressure created when water accumulates next to or below a foundation may cause structural damage to the foundation.

The best methods for controlling the surface water are contingent upon local weather patterns, the type of soil, and the type of foundation of the home. However, the most common approach to properly divert water away from the property is the use of gutters and downspout systems, combined with proper surface grading around the home.

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