Blondie, I have a dry basement, and a very high water table. I have springs about 40 feet from the house in the spring, when there’s a lot of rain.
We have a sump pump, but I also have a gravity drain. It runs from the sump hole out onto the yard. Having one is dependent on whether you are on a slope or not. My sump pump had a problem in that it started running all the time, so I just unplugged and didn’t buy a new one for years, with no problems. The basement slab is also on gravel (I assume that’s normal but maybe not.)
I can’t believe that houses have no gutters. They are asking for increased problems with siding, windows, leaks, etc., unless the overhang is huge.
We built our house about 15 years ago, and just in the process of selling it. Things I’ve learned–make sure you have a porch or some type of overhang over the front door, so that the door doesn’t take a lot of weather. Make sure your roof overhangs the siding. Mine is 16-inches, and that is much more than some. It keeps the rain away from the house a little.
Keep plants away from the house. Don’t have things planted right against the house. It helps to keep the siding dry.
Expect to spend about 20% more than you think you will. There will be problems.
Don’t use stucco!! Even real stucco is a problem. I am living that nightmare now.
Statistics: Posted by anita — Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:47 am