Healthy Basement Checklist

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    Obtaining, And Maintaining A Healthy Basement Is Important For Both The Occupants Of The Home, As Well As The Structure And Longevity Of The House Itself.

    Critical Components to a Healthy Basement

    There are a few critical components to a Healthy Basement.  The following guide can be used by the property owner as a first pass to assessing the overall health of the basement:

    1. Unwanted Insect Inhabitants
      • Some insects in basements and crawl spaces are common.
      • Excessive insect inhabitants may be an indication of deeper issues.
    2. Visible and Apparent Moisture on Walls, in Corners, on Floor
      • Moisture can be common – specifically in crawl spaces and in unfinished and uninsulated areas of a basement.
      • Excessive moisture that has led to discoloration and mold growth is an indication of an unhealthy environment.
    3. Water Accumulation Near Exterior Walls Drains Pipes & Sump Pump Basins
      • Any amount of water accumulation – specifically where water is not intended to be – is an indication of a potentially serious issue.
      • Water accumulation after a rain, or after a thaw can indicate improper exterior drainage and grading.
      • Accumulation of water can also be a symptom of structural integrity lost within the foundation.
    4. Visible Cracks in Drywall & Concrete Walls
      • Some level of cracks within a structure can be typical – and not require further attention.
      • Other types of cracks – horizontal, vertical, and diagonal can be indications of stressors being applied to the foundation from various sources.