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Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding

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    LESLIE: Heading over to Pennsylvania to chat with Damon. What can we do for you today?

    DAMON: I finished my basement and we had a real torrential rain.

    TOM: OK.

    DAMON: And around my utility room down there, where the water heater is and the furnace, we had water all the way around the basin. What I found out was what I believed is the problem is there was a major downspout and a major water – where the water evacuates (inaudible at 0:13:42.3) – it was blocked with leaves and stuff.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: Yep, and that is the most common cause of water problems in a basement, Damon.

    LESLIE: That’s how my basement flooded.

    TOM: You need to get that water away from the foundation perimeter. So cleaning the gutters; cleaning the downspouts; extending the drains and improving the slope of the soil around that wall so that everything runs nicely away from the building, that will stop the wet basement.

    DAMON: Alright, thank you very much.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Damon. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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