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Old July 8th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #20
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My home was built in 1913 it has no sub-pump and I've only had one problem with water. What I have found is that if my gutters are clear and the the down spouts are about 3-5 feet from the house my basement will stay bone dry, but if one of the down spouts become disconnected I will get a little water in the house. Also make sure that the landscaping around the house slops away the house and not towards it. I also run a dehumidifier in the summer and that keeps the musty smell down as well. When I had my final house inspection the inspector used a PCE-555 hydrometer to measure the actual dampness of the concrete which was dry as a bone but did at first have that musty smell.
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