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What are some causes of water in the basement?

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Some causes of water in basements include wall and floor leaks, improper slopes on the property and sewer backups. The presence of water in basements can be a health risk to home owners because of exposure to mold and its potential for electrocution due to proximity to electrical outlets.

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In order to solve the problem of leaks in basement, homeowners need to determine the origin of the leaks by checking for spaces between windows and for cracks in the walls. Windows can be sealed or their frames replaced. Cracks in walls should be filled with sealant.

Homes should be designed on slopes that take water away from their homes. In some cases slopes do the opposite, which can lead to basement flooding. Sewer backups occur when pipes become so clogged that water and sewage back up through drains and into basements.

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