Start with a visual assessment.  Possible concerns noted in a visual walk-through of the interior would include:

  • Cracks in the walls and floors.
  • Peeling paint and efflorescence.
  • Movement in the foundation or footings.
  • Water intrusions in the walls and floors.
  • Buckled or bowed walls.
  • Sump-pump issues.
  • Hydrostatic pressure or high-water table indicators.
  • Visible mold.
  • Leaking pipes.
  • Water stains.

The exterior assessment would begin with identifying any issues with landscaping and grading, drainage, gutter, downspout, roofing, or windows.

All of the information gathered can then be reviewed and an action plan  established.  The action plan may encompass a process of making repairs and then determining if those repairs were enough to eliminate the water problem.  When all repairs have been made and one finds that the water has not been controlled, it is then time to move to a water-control system, aka waterproofing.

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