8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Vermont
- Water on the walls
- Concrete cracks
- Condensation on pipes
- Carpet in basement is wet
- Drywall is wet
- Walls show horizontal cracks
- Cracks in mortar between bricks
- White powder on basement walls
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- Rainfall dumped in short timeframes can result in flash flooding that can last up to a week or more. Just six inches of moving water can sweep a person off his or her feet, and only a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes and businesses.
- A study by EPA and Berkeley Lab estimated that 4.6 million cases of asthma, 21 percent of the 21.8 million cases of asthma in the U.S. at that time, could be attributed to exposure to dampness and mold in homes.
- If you your new or existing home has a crawlspace, you can also Install a 6-mil polyethylene vapor diffusion barrier across the crawlspace floor to prevent soil moisture from migrating into the crawlspace. Overlap all seams by 12 inches and tape them, and seal the polyethylene 6 inches up the crawlspace walls. As an option, pour two inches (51 mm) of concrete over the vapor barrier to protect the polyethylene from damage.
- If you plan to remodel your basement, it is important to control moisture problems at the source before doing anything else. Corrective actions can be relatively easily but sometimes, depending on the severity of the problem,they can be difficult and expensive.
- Over 60 percent of homes have a leaking basement. Wet basements tend to be one of the most frequent complaints of homeowners. If you have a damp basement, musty odors, efflorescence ("white powder"), or minor water leaks, it is important to fix it now before it gets worse or more costly, and before it has the potential for causing indoor air quality issues.
- De-clutter your basement: Move important documents upstairs and replace cardboard boxes with plastic containers. Raise items up on concrete blocks.
- Generator exhaust is toxic. Always put generators outside well away from doors, windows, and vents. Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, can build up quickly, and linger for hours. More information.
- ^ "Hurricanes Can Bring Inland Flooding
- ^ "Moisture Control
- ^ "Maintenance can prevent basement flooding