Archive for the Building Moisture – Mold & Decay Category

Are Leaky Houses Healthier?

State of MN doesn’t think so and has adopted a new energy code. Most realtors and homeowners don’t realize since June 1, 2009 our housing has b

More About Swales: With Great Benefit Comes Great Responsibility

Are swales and culverts used often for drainage?  Yes they are! Swales are often dug along property lines to direct water to street drains. Most p

That’s Just Swale: Water Drainage Help for Homes on Hills

What is the purpose of a drainage swale and when do we use it? MN realtors and homeowners, you have been waiting patiently for the description of a

9 Steps for Solving Unseasonably Wet Basements

What can a homeowner or real estate agent do NOW to better protect their homes against moisture intrusion? This question is coming up all of the ti

Moisture Problems – Sumps to Big Bumps (Part 13)

Basements and crawl spaces with sump baskets may or may not be drain tiled. And drain tiles can be located on either the interior or the exterior of t

Moisture Problems – Is Your Drain Tile Dependable (Part 12)

Too many homebuyers have hired MN home inspectors that found the sellers disclosure regarding basement moisture to be incorrect and sometimes blatantl

Moisture Problems – Sump Pumps and Drain Tile (Part 11)

Many homebuyers and real estate agents have the perception that a sump pump and drain tile indicate a problematic house, something they should walk aw

Moisture Problems – High Water Table Signs (Part 10)

When a home is built on land with a high water table, re-grading and gutters are not the correction to the problem. Remember, grading and gutters corr

Moisture Problems – Look for Signs (Part 9)

Wetland, Swamp & Outlot It’s often said there are 3 L’s in real esta

Moisture Problems – Listen To Your Home (Part 8)

Before going further into high water tables, let’s stop for a moment and reflect on what we have accomplished so far. In the beginning, I asked that

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