Run bathroom and kitchen vents for an extra 10 minutes after you finish showering or cooking. Also, make sure your vents go outdoors. If they vent into the attic, you’re not getting rid of the moisture.
The grade around your home should slope away from the foundation. Houses will settle as they age, creating a drainage problem. If the ground around your home slopes inward, which may or may not be visible, it provides a pathway for moisture to enter your basement.
Make sure sprinklers are pointed away from the home. Over time, sprinklers that are directed toward your house will allow thousands of gallons of water to penetrate the walls.
Check the caulking around doors and windows. If it is cracked or falling apart, water can seep into your walls.
Replace washing machine hoses every five years. This is the single largest category of water-related claims filed with insurance companies each year.