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Wet Basements: Causes, Effects, and Solutions to a Common Old House Problem

  • Strawberry Banke 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH, 03801 United States (map)

Old Houses often struggle with musty, excessively humid and wet basements that can lead to unhealthy living conditions and expensive house repairs.

Join Beverly Thomas, Program Director at the NH Preservation Alliance, Rodney Rowland, Director of Facilities and Special Projects at Strawbery Banke, Don Woods, Woods & Co. Civil Engineering, and Steve Bedard of Bedard Preservation & Restoration as they cover everything from basic practical tips to more technical solutions to preventing water infiltration and high humidity levels in your basement. Learn how proper grade, vapor barriers, perimeter drains, swales, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers can be used to improve the environment of old house basements.

Following the presentation participants will have the opportunity to explore the basements of four museum houses, discuss the water mitigation efforts that have been applied, and observe how the recent increase in cyclical ground water levels has affected their results.

Registration is required. Please call the Preservation Alliance to register, (603) 224-2281.

$15 for Preservation Alliance and Strawberry Banke Members. Non-members $20. Preservation Alliance New-member Special $35 (includes program fee and a 1-year Alliance membership). WALK-INS WELCOME.

Photo courtesy of Rodney Rowland, Strawbery Banke Museum