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ccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, controlling moisture in a home can make the home more energy-efficient. Controlling moisture improves the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, decreasing heating and cooling costs and helping to conserve

energy as a result. The DOE notes that moisture problems can exist anywhere building components are below grade. This can include basements, crawlspaces and slab-on-grade foundations. Basements are notorious for moisture issues, but such problems can be prevented. Basement water leakage

is most often the byproduct of water flowing through holes or cracks in the basement walls. Water also may wick into the cracks and pores of building materials such as masonry blocks, concrete or wood. Homeowners who suspect they have moisture problems in their basements should consult with a

professional contractor, as the correct approach to fixing the issue may depend on a host of factors, including local climate, the style of construction and the existing insulation. Courtesy MetroCreative.

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