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Wet basements abound from floods, relentless rain

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On Memorial Day, about 4 feet of water entered Linda Paroline's basement.

"It was up to our ribs," Paroline said. "Once it hits the yard it flows in like a wave... that fast."

Since then, Paroline has been dealing with a wet basement. She is looking to professionals to help her out.

"You can see the discoloration in the block, which shows very high signs of moisture," said Matt Clark, who owns Northern Basement Systems.

In the past decade, Clark has waterproofed thousands of basements.

"To be able to help them and solve these problems brings satisfaction to me," he said.

He recommends several fixes for Paroline and others in her situation.

"Drainage, proper sump pumps, things of that nature. But every situation is different, so we have to customize what we are gonna come up with for a solution," Clark said.

Mold and mildew, which can lead to respiratory problems, form in high humidity levels.

"Dehumidification is very crucial in every basement; they're naturally a damp environment," Clark said.

Paroline is running a dehumidifier in her basement. And local retailers are seeing them fly off the shelves; Express Appliance of Burlington is selling about 10 per day.

"I'm getting a lot of people coming in that have never dealt with leaking in their basement or even humidity in their basement," said Amy Atwood of Express Appliance.

Many are battling a wet environment.

"We're thinking about putting one in the pantry where there is condensation from the floor, the slab. It's causing a lot of moisture," said David Westley of Hinesburg.

While dehumidification might be enough in some basements, Paroline's situation requires more.

"I'm doing whatever I can to get this fixed," she said.

Once Paroline gets her basement permanently dried out, she's going on vacation.

"Someplace dry. I'm not going to the ocean; I'm not going to the lake," she said with a laugh.

A sentiment that many with wet basements are feeling right now.

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