Dry Basements, an Oxymoron

All basements and crawl spaces should be considered as having potential moisture and water problems. The most common causes for these problems are found on the outside of the house. By addressing these basic and often preventable causes of basement and crawl space moisture, it is possible to create basements and crawl spaces that are 95% dry 95% of the time. More expensive methods can be used to increase these numbers by a few points, often at great expense. But, a 100% dry basement is a pipe dream, and any system with a "lifetime guarantee" should be viewed with great skepticism.