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Keep April Showers at Bay and Your Basement Dry; Waterproofing Expert, B-Dry System, Offers Tips for Local Residents to Prevent Basement Leaks.

AKRON, Ohio -- A wet spring, while great for blossoms, can wreak havoc on basements.

Carl Rakich is the vice president of B-Dry System, a franchised office of the country's oldest and largest basement waterproofing company, with some tips for homeowners looking to stay dry during the rainy season.

"In order to combat this problem, homeowners need to begin by understanding where the water is coming from and taking a few preventative measures to keep the water on the flowers and off of your basement floor," Rakich said.

Water can enter your basement through floor cracks due to pressure from the rising water table located underneath your basement floor. It can also seep in under the footing of your foundation.

It is also common to have leakage where the footing, floor and walls meet, an area called a "cove."

Water can also seep in through cracks in basement walls or mortar joints, filling the hollow cores of cement blocks, which, in addition to leakage, also causes a loss of "dead-air" insulation - often making your wet basement a cold basement as well.

The final way a basement collects moisture is through water pressure seeping into the walls on the outside, eventually pushing the moisture through to the inside surface of the basement walls.

There are some ways to combat these problems through simple maintenance, Rakich said.

"First things first - always make sure you clean your gutters and downspouts. This way, the water is directed away from your foundation. It's also important to make sure that your gutters are adequately sized for your roof," Rakich recommended.

Homeowners should maintain or cover your window wells to prevent the water collecting in these areas, which could also lead to leaks.

Additionally, there are some things you can do inside your home to prevent outside water from getting in.

Look around your basement for signs of efflorescence, the white marking created when moisture comes in contact with concrete. The white deposits are actually salt deposits left after the surface has dried.

Rakich recommends looking for these markings in order to find areas where the dampness is concentrated. This will give you a good indication as to the source of the leak.

You can also prevent excessive dampness by wrapping pipes and water tanks with insulation material made for this purpose, Rakich said.

Another tip for homeowners is to invest in a dehumidifier. This controls the moisture levels in the basement and keeps condensation from building up, leading to musty odors. If, after taking these preventative steps the water leakage problem persists, you should consult with a waterproofing professional.

For more information or to arrange a free estimate from B-Dry System, contact your local B-Dry System location.

About B-Dry System

B-Dry System, Inc., established in 1958, is a national company that provides the installation of patented basement waterproofing system with 40 franchised locations across the United States. All waterproofing installers are bonded and the work is guaranteed for the life of the structure. Each B-Dry office is independently owned and operated. B-Dry has been evaluated by FHA-HUD, ICC-ES (International Code Council) and Architectural Testing, Inc. and has been ranked as the number one waterproofing company in the building and remodeling services category by Entrepreneur magazine.

For more information, go to B-Dry's corporate Web site, at www.bdry.com or call the corporate office at 1-888-879-0088.
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