During a heavy rainstorm (without lightning), grab an umbrella and go outside. Walk around your house and look around at the roof and property. A rainstorm is the perfect time to see how the roof, downspouts and grading are performing. Observe the drainage patterns of your property, as well as the property of your neighbor. The ground around your house should slope away from all sides. Downspouts, surface gutters and drains should be directing water away from the foundation. Most problems with moisture in basements and crawlspaces are caused by poor site drainage and improper grading around your entire house.
PLANTERS check any planting beds adjacent to the foundation. They are built in a way that traps water. The structure around the planting beds acts like a dam and traps water. Flower planters should NEVER be installed against a houses exterior wall.
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