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Featured Issue: How to Avoid Mold and Moisture Problems
Moisture Damage Warning Signs On the Exterior of Your House
Watch Out for Poor Drainage
- Ground that slopes toward the foundation is a red flag for water problems.
- Gutter drains that don't open at least five feet away from the house are an invitation to water problems.
- An unsealed, or cracked driveway can allow rainwater to move toward the foundation, which is why regular driveway maintenance is so important.
Watch Out for Trees
- Limbs and leaves that touch the house can hold moisture against the roof or siding and lead to serious water damage.
- Tree roots can clog septic fields and drain lines.
What to Look for in the Windows and Doors
- Loose flashing
- Cracked or old, stiff sealants
- Indications of moisture beneath the windows
- Doors no longer fit tightly against weather stripping
- Locks no longer hold the doors firmly against their seals
What to Look for in Siding and the Walls
- Unpainted, exposed, damp wood
- New or previous termite infestation, which attracts moisture
- Cracked caulking
- Leaks at hose bibs
- Any missing seals at wall penetrations