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3 Steps to Prevent Basement Leaks

A ruined basement upgrade is never a good surprise. Help prevent leaky mishaps with these 3 easy tips.

Basements Anthony Tieuli

Spring rain is great for nourishing a garden, but not so great if it gushes into your below-grade rec room. These preventive measures will help keep your house dry from the bottom up.

Clean Your Gutters

Photo by Kristine Larsen

When clogged gutters overflow, water can pool around your foundation. Remove any leaves and debris left over from winter, then install leaf guards and downspout extenders to direct water 10 feet from the house.

Change The Grade

Photo by Chris Cohan, RLA

Make sure surrounding soil is pitched away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so that water drains toward your yard, not your foundation. Simply add soil, raking it smooth, until the grade is highest at the house's perimeter.

Keep Trees in Check

Photo by Rob Cardillo

Shade trees with aggressive roots, like silver maples, should be planted at least 20 feet from your house to protect your foundation. Smaller species, like white fir, require only 10 to 15 feet of clearance.