BULLETIN: I’ve been saying at recent workshops that gutter screen should be 1/2″ hardware cloth. It should be 1/4″ hardware cloth as in picture at bottom of this page. You can see gutter is clean after several years of this screen being installed, and the home is heavily surrounded by large trees.
Welcome to Wet Basement Consultants, the first step in drying up your basement or crawl space. Our service is based on the common sense approach of managing surface water around your home. No one has more skill or experience in finding and prescribing needed corrections for common, overlooked, defects at a house’s exterior that cause wet basements and crawl spaces. In fact, we check 88 key points as part of our consultation service.
WE GUARANTEE TO ELIMINATE, OR GREATLY REDUCE, YOUR WATER SEEPAGE OR YOUR MONEY BACK. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.
I have advised homeowners and Real Estate Professionals since the mid 1980s on fixing wet basements and crawl spaces. I wrote a book on it: 5 Steps to a Dry Basement or Crawl Space, available on Amazon and most booksellers.
I never recommend “aftermarket” waterproofing systems. In fact, our service is an alternative to those products and methods.
“Aftermarket” waterproofing systems neglect to address the source of the problem. Instead, they may encourage water to come through the newly drilled holes they create in your walls, and/or the new trenches they cut into your basement floor. What can happen is erosion of earth beneath the foundation, proliferation of mold inside the home, increased levels of humidity, possibly severe, and deterioration of foundation walls. These types of systems don’t even keep the basement dry, cost thousands of dollars, and create a mess and lots of stress. Homeowners don’t know where to turn when they have these problems. Some feel that if they throw a lot of money at it, it’s sure to get fixed. Nothing is further from the truth. WET BASEMENT CONSULTANTS has no hidden agenda and no conflict of interest. We offer plain talk, honest advice, objective consultation.
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Ron Gay, Owner, WET BASEMENT CONSULTANTS
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This picture shows hardware cloth as a gutter screen. This is the only effective gutter screen I have found: doesn’t come loose, doesn’t allow large debris into gutter, doesn’t need cleaning, doesn’t allow gutter overflow. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in pre-cut sizes for gutters and has to be hand cut out of roll stock hardware cloth. It comes in 1/4″ and 1/2″ size squares. 1/4″ is shown on this gutter and the best size for keeping debris out while letting water in. NOTE: Leaves may need to be cleaned from roofs, especially at valleys or on low pitched roofs regardless if screen is on gutter or not.
This screen was installed five years ago and the gutters have not needed any cleaning. It also is sturdy and won’t come loose as ready-made store bought screening does.
I continue to speak at public libraries throughout southeast Michigan. If you would like Wet Basement Consultants to speak at your library mention it to the programming librarian in your community. Check our Events page to see where we’ll be. We may already be scheduled for a workshop in your neighborhood.
Ron Gay, Wet Basement Consultants