Hate emptying the water out of your dehumidifier? Most of us use a dehumidifier to keep our basements healthy. The worse part of this is running up and down the basement stairs to empty the unit every day. Here is a handy solution to never have to empty your dehumidifier again. If you have a furnace with a condensation pump, run a hose from the back of the dehumidifier into this pump. Now the pump does all the work and you never have to dump the unit again. Don’t have a condensation pump? You can install one (or have your local handyman or plumber do it). These pumps run about $65. It’s worth it to me. For assistance with dehumidifier water removal options or home inspections in Glens Falls, Lake George, and the Saratoga Springs NY Region, call Bill Jones of Accurate Home Inspections at (518) 260-2967. Check out our client reviews! Related Content: 6 Steps to Prevent Water in Your Basement Ice Dam Prevention Tips & Fixes How Tough are Those Skylights?
Most of us run dehumidifiers in our basements. This prevents the buildup of moisture, mold and that musty smell we all try to avoid. While the dehumidifier can help to bring down the moisture in the air, its always best to prevent moisture, or at least as much as we can, from ever entering the basement. Here are some basic steps to keep water from your basement. 6 Steps to Prevent Water In Your Basement 1. Keep your gutters clean. When clogged gutters overflow, water can pool around your foundation. Remove any leaves and debris left over from winter, then install leaf guards and downspout extenders to direct water 10 feet from the house. Extending the gutters away from the house will prevent the water from just flowing back into the basement. 2. Change the grade. Make sure surrounding soil is pitched away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so that water drains toward your yard, not your foundation. Simply add soil, raking it smooth, until the grade is highest at the house’s … Continue reading
Knowledge of ice dam prevention and fixes should be part of every Northern homeowners toolbox. Icicles may look beautiful but its a sure sign of problems with a house. If you see icing in your roof, you’ll want to take steps to keep the ice from building up (or call your home inspector!). Letting ice dams build up can allow water into your home. Check out these ice damage prevention, tips in Queensbury, Glens Falls, Lake George, Saratoga Springs and Upstate NY. DEALING WITH EXISTING ICE DAMS 1. Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chucks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool! You’ll cut through the shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This is slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing. Even if you do it safely, the chunks of ice can take pieces of shingle with them. 2. Clear out gutters and downspouts. Again, this is ladder work and an easy way to damage either plastic or metal gutters and spouts. 3. Melt troughs through the ice dam with … Continue reading