To install a moisture barrier in the basement, dry off the surface, clean it, and use caulk to seal cracks and holes that may be on the surface. Measure the wall on which you are going to install the barrier, and add 2 m... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

The way to prevent humidity in a basement is to identify the cause of humidity and manage it. Typical sources of humidity include inadequate grading around the house, missing gutters and ineffective window design. More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Common basement moisture problems include a lack of ventilation, water seeping in through porous materials and poor drainage. Cracks in the foundation can also cause moisture to leak into the basement. More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Properly applying Drylok paint requires three steps: preparing the surface, patching cracks and holes and applying the paint. First clean the surface with a wire brush to remove loose or broken dirt and mortar from the s... More »

Insulate a basement by installing horizontal furring strips at 16-inch intervals, filling the space with a double layer of rigid foam insulation, adding a vapor barrier over the insulation and covering with drywall. Most... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Waterproof a basement from the inside by sealing any cracks in the floors or walls with hydraulic cement and painting the walls with a sealant. Apply an epoxy finish to the basement floor to prevent water from seeping th... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Common chimney problems are cracks in the flue, nesting animals, creosote build up and moisture. A homeowner needs to clean chimneys annually to ensure safe operation. More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance