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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Insight To Help Keep Your Home Interior Dry

by Kelly Simmons

When you buy a home, it is a large purchase and a sizable investment that you want to protect and keep it dry and mold and mildew-free. For this reason, you must do all you can to protect it from moisture intrusion and the resulting damage, both before you buy the home and once you are the owner. Here are some ways you can keep your home protected and dry from interior moisture damage.

Hire a Professional Inspection

When you are shopping to buy a home, one way you can protect your investment is by hiring a professional inspection before you buy the home. After you submit an offer to purchase the home, you likely have several weeks of time in which you can hire a professional home inspection and complete other necessary due diligence before you close and sign on the home. 

As part of the home inspection, your professional inspector will look for any problems with the foundation, roof drainage, exterior landscaping, and any paved areas adjacent to your home's foundation. By doing so, they will discover any slope issues that may allow rainwater to pool around and seep into your foundation and basement. If, for example, the concrete patio behind the home slopes toward the foundation, they will recommend it be replaced to prevent water pooling and interior moisture leaks and damage.

Waterproof Your Basement

Once you have moved into your home, you may later find that water has begun to seep into the basement or crawlspace. This situation can occur because there is a high water table in the foundation soil or if there has been a large amount of rainfall that has overly saturated the soil. When the soil has become saturated, the water will seep through any crack in your foundation and drain into the interior space.

Hiring a professional basement waterproofing service will make your basement or crawlspace once again dry and free of moisture. They can complete the waterproofing by installing a French drain or drain tile in the floor of your basement, along with a sump pump to remove the collected water. They may also recommend sealing off the interior of your crawlspace or basement with a waterproofing barrier. 

Maintain Your Gutters

Another way to make sure your home interior stays dry is to keep your home's gutters installed and in well-working condition. This means to clean your gutters once or twice per year to remove debris, then repair any cracks, leaks, or sagging that can cause water to drain onto the soil below. Preventing soil saturation is a great way to prevent basement and crawlspace leaks.

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