Downspout Drainage: The Down and Dirty

One of the main reasons basements and crawlspaces flood can be traced back to water mitigation issues, specifically, downspout drainage. Downspout drainage is something that is commonly overlooked by homeowners but can be detrimental to a home's foundation or basement/crawlspace condition. Let's take a closer look: Condition/Cause: In one year, more than 50,000 gallons of rainwater (give or take!) can land on roofing systems and run off to gutters and downspouts next to the home, which is a monumental amount of water directed toward your foundation wall. This water can be the culprit of many water intrusion issues and material damage. Current homes and new construction in this area are built

High Water Pressure: Reducing Your Risk

Water pressure issues are common in homes in this area. Typically, especially in my experience, excessive water pressure is the dominant problem. Although this can be identified at sinks and faucets fairly easily if the pressure is very high, a pressure gauge is needed to check the static pressure of the supply plumbing, typically at a hose bib. As a home inspector, this is an item I check on every home, if possible, as the consequences can be substantial and the fix is relatively easy. Let's take a closer look: Condition: Water pressure, recorded as pounds-per-square-inch (psi), should fall within the recommended range of 40 to 80 psi. If the pressure is higher than 80 psi, the pressure is

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