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Have you ever heard of a French drain? French drains, when installed by a professional, are a very effective way to manage a wet basement. The French drain isn't really French at all.

Sloping the soil away from the foundation will remedy a wet basement most of the time. The Family Handyman recommends firmly packing clay soil around the foundation, with at least a 4-in. slope over the first 4 ft. Place 6-mil black plastic over the soil and cover it with landscape rock. Install 4- to 6-ft. gutter extensions to your downspouts to direct water farther away from your foundation.

Family Handyman DIY Tip of the Day: Inexpensive Wet Basement Solution. Sloping the soil away from the house will take care of the problem most of the time. Firmly pack clay soil around the foundation, with at least a slope over the first 4 ft.

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