High moisture levels in a home can lead to potentially serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, and various other respiratory illnesses that are triggered by mold, dust mites, peeling lead paint, and pests. If you’ve noticed water leaks or stains, rotting woods, musty odors, rusting or corrosion, and excessive condensation, understanding how to lower humidity in a house is crucial. Learn about ways to reduce high humidity levels.
When torrential rains dump nearly a foot of water in a large basement window well within a 30-minute period, you need to act fast to prevent major damage. Learn how a homeowner responded to this situation to prevent extensive damage, and actions taken to prevent future flooding, including installation of a sump pump in the light well.
A home can have all sorts of lingering and unpleasant smells, such as a stench from the bathroom. And, while some household smells are merely objectionable, others can be an indication of a hazardous condition.
According to Angi and HomeAdvisor, the average cost of slab leak repair ranges from $630 to $4,400, with the national average at $2,290. Factors impacting the repair cost include detecting the location of the leak, how difficult it is to access the leak location, work and materials required to repair the leak, labor costs, if excavation is required, and if the foundation and slab will require repairs. Learn about under-slab plumbing repairs and the potential impact of water leaks on a basement slab and foundation.
Common causes of a sump pump running without rain include a rise in the water table or an increase in groundwater, melting snow, a broken float switch on the sump pump, and a clogged sump pump drain line. Learn more about sump pump failure and actions to address causes.
Horizontal cracks or cracks in the shape of stair steps in basement walls are typically the result of issues that are creating lateral pressure on a basement wall. It’s important to get horizontal and stair-step cracks, as well as vertical and diagonal cracks, inspected and addressed as soon as possible by a professional. These cracks can impact the structural integrity of a home's foundation and can leak if waterproofing isn't installed. Learn more about cracks in basement walls and what can be done to remediate the causes.
To ensure the sump pump is in proper working condition, it is recommended to perform annual, and in some cases quarterly, inspections and maintenance. Sump pump maintenance steps include checking and clearing the sump pump basin of debris, checking the sump pump for corrosion and other damage, cleaning the sump pump inlet screen, lubricating sump pump bearings if recommended by the manufacturer, and clearing the sump pump discharge line of debris. Learn about basement sump pump maintenance to ensure performance.
Causes for water leaking into a basement crawl space include leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures, water from gutters and downspouts, and groundwater seeping through seams or cracks in the foundation. Learn about causes of water in a basement crawl space and remediation tactics.
A small basement needn’t be relegated to a storage-only space - a basement with a limited floor area can function as extra living space, a home office, a playroom, or fulfill other needs. And, even if the resulting space isn’t particularly large, a good design can make it a pleasurable place in which to spend time. Learn more ideas for converting a small, unfinished basement into a usable living area.
Most concrete structures, whether they’re stairs, a patio, or a wall, give the impression that a professional is required for repairs. However, there are many repairs can be addressed by the average DIYer. Knowing proper techniques and having the right products will keep these repairs simple. Learn about common problems and repair techniques.