8 Common Problem Signs Reported In North Dakota
- Water leaks through walls
- Water leaks in basement corners
- Carpeting is wet to the touch
- Water coming up through sump pump pit
- Basement is musty
- Windows sticking
- Chimney leaning away from home
- Water leak around windows
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- The Midwest floods of 2011, lasting from May to September, caused more than two billion dollars in estimated flood damages.
- Check whether the surrounding landscape diverts water away from the building envelope. Note any soil settlement or pooled rainwater.
- Crawl spaces and basements are holes in the ground and have more extensive contact with soil than slab-on-grade foundations.
- Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
- If you need to correct moisture problems in your existing home, consult a qualified builder, basement designer, and/or insulation contractor in your area for specific basement moisture control measures tailored to your climate, type of insulation, and construction style.
- Get a quick glimpse of some of the most important ways to protect your home from mold by touring the Mold House. Room-by-room, you'll learn about common mold issues and how to address them.
- The recommended approach after removing interior moisture sources is to evaluate the gutters, downspouts, and surface grading around the house. These should be corrected first and may solve the problem. Then, if a moisture problem persists, proceed with an interior or exterior drainage system. If your goal is to finish a basement that has water problems, it is recommended to first deal with the water problem.
- ^ "Spring Flooding: Risks and Protection
",Ready.gov, p. 1
- ^ "Moisture Control Guidance for Building Design, Construction and Maintenance
",EPA.gov, December 2013, p. 32
- ^ "Interactive Mold House Tour