Basements and Foundations: Guidelines for Moisture Control

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Fact Sheet

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Excessive moisture in a home can cause problems with indoor air quality and create an unhealthy environment for its inhabitants. There are steps that builders can take to control moisture in foundations and basements, but most are only cost-effective for new construction. This document discusses steps that can be taken to control moisture in existing basements and foundations.

Download this fact sheet to learn about:

  • Sealing the outside foundation walls
  • Protecting untreated wood
  • Installing drainage
  • Grading the surrounding soil
  • Adding a sill gasket
  • Installing protective membranes
  • Damp-proofing below-grade materials

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