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Keeping your home cool and dry when the weather’s hot and humid

Schaible's Plumbing - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Between heavy downpours, cool indoor air meeting hot outdoor air, and New Jersey’s onslaught of summer humidity, it can be difficult - and expensive - keeping your home dry. Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating would like to share the ‘first line of defense’ that you can use to cut back on time and money spent keeping comfortable when it’s anything but comfortable outdoors.

Let’s start with keeping outside water, well, outside. Begin by inspecting the outside of your home:

  • Keep your gutters clear of leaves and other debris.
  • Inspect your attic from time to time to be sure no water is leaking inside. Consult a roofer if necessary. A minor roof repair, neglected, can lead to major home repairs.
  • The ground next to your foundation should slope away from the house.
  • Repair any cracks in the foundation that might let water in.

In the basement:

  • Test your sump pump. While testing it, make sure nothing is blocking its discharge pipe. If you prefer, you can call us to make sure your sump pump system is in good working order.
  • Consider a backup battery for the sump pump.

These may seem like simple, perhaps obvious, steps to a dry home but outside water entry is often the source of dampness in a home.

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