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Tips for protecting your basement from flooding

Tips for protecting your basement from flooding

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The warmer weather is beginning to shrink all the snow we've been buried in but all that water has to go somewhere and if you don't take the necessary precautions, it could end up in your basement.

"What we first do is when we come into a basement foundation we look to see if there's any musty odor or the temperature. Usually, the average basement is 58 degrees, always. So if there's a big drastic drop than normally there's a moisture problem," said Chris Herrmann, an inspector with the company Basement Services 911 in Allentown.

Herrmann says it's also important to look for mold, discolorations and any cracks in the foundation especially larger ones that could indicate a bigger problem with the structural integrity of the foundation.

"The weight of the snow with the water that's in the ground is going to create major pressure on your foundation. You're talking 9,000 pounds of pressure pushing against this wall," said Herrmann.

Herrmann says if you see any of the major signs of moisture to call an expert immediately, if not, it could end up costing more than twice as much in repairs.

"An average wall to replace is $20,000 on your foundation but if you do have a crack that I can stop it at, we're talking maybe $800 to $2,000," he said.

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