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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal


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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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Basement Headaches: 4 Tips To Help Avoid Wet Problems And Costly Repairs

Homes on basement foundations are vulnerable to water damage and problems with wet messes. If you want to avoid problems in your basement, there are some things that you can do to prevent these problems, such as maintenance to keep excess water from the foundation or servicing the sump pump. Here are some of the things that you can do to prevent damage to your basement:

1. Exterior Maintenance to Keep Water Away from The Basement Foundation

One of the most important things that needs to be done to protect your home's foundation from damage is exterior maintenance. Simple chores like cleaning the gutters will help prevent ground water that causes static water pressure near the foundation. In addition, you want to make sure they you have good exterior drainage to keep water away from your home.

2. Protecting Basement Plumbing From Leaks and Water Problems

The plumbing in your basement is also more vulnerable than in other areas of your home. Some areas may not be finished in the basement, and the pipes here are exposed to cold weather. To ensure you do not have a problem with burst pipes, make sure all the plumbing in the basement is insulated. In addition, make sure that backflow-prevention devices are installed in all the plumbing in your basement.

3. Servicing Sump Pumps and Foundation Drainage Systems to Keep Water Out

There are also sump pumps and foundation drainage systems that need to be serviced in the basement. Regularly do the required maintenance for your sump pump and check the foundation drainage lines for blockages and problems that could allow water to get into your basement. It is important to check the sump pump well and make sure it is working. In addition, make sure your sump pump system has a battery backup for power outages.

4. Regular Inspection of Foundation Waterproofing and Doing Repairs When Needed

The foundation of your basement also needs to be inspected regularly for problems like cracks and failing waterproofing. Once there is a leak that needs to be repaired, a foundation waterproofing professional will be able to solve the problem, but you will want to have the repairs inspected every few years.

These are some of the things that you can do to protect your home from basement water problems. If you have a problem with leaks, contact a basement waterproofing company like Sohan and Sons to help with inspection and repairs.