Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day Five: Rain

Today is a very important day for us because it is supposed to rain all day . You see The Main Street House was built in 1835 meaning that the foundation of this home is 175 years old.

The House does have a basement, if you want to call it that. With six foot ceilings and a dirt floor if could be called more of a cellar but it is still a good place to store Christmas decorations and do laundry - which is really all we need. The problem, though, is that there is some moisture in the basement.

Not so much moisture that we have any major concerns but today's rain will help us to determine if this moisture is due to runoff or something else. Ideally, we would love if the moisture comes just from condensation but runoff would be okay too. Both problems that we could potentially fix ourselves.

What we don't want is water from subsurface sources (groundwater). We do live in a town named Springboro and it is, in fact, named that because of the underground springs that run throughout the area. Groundwater is the reason why our current home does not have a basement but I am assuming that a basement that has been in existence for 175 has not had to suffer through the torment of an underground spring.

So, here's to hoping that we don't have any water leaking into our basement today and that all we need to do is buy ourselves a dehumidifier and all our basement problems will be solved.

Super big thanks to This Old House for all of my new found knowledge on basement moisture.

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