Wet, Cracked Basement Walls are Just The Beginning of Common Basement Problems
If you have basement, then it isn’t uncommon for you to experience issues related to your foundation. It’s easy to forget that your basement, even if it’s finished and livable, has a large screen television, or is just a storage space, is underground. Thus making it prone to a host of subterranean problems.
Ranging from wet basements, moisture issues, and moldy smells, here are some of the most common basement problems.
Humidity and Moisture
Humidity can be a horrible problem for any basement. Humidity caused by moisture can appear on metal and organic materials, where mold can then grow. Further problems include mite infestations and overall living discomfort. Humidity is not something to be taken lightly.
Many basements come stock with strange, musty smells. It’s incredibly common. But, attributed to humidity, musty, funky smells are not something you have to tolerate. Controlling humidity levels will help to negate these smells.
Because basements are sub-dwellings, in most cases, constant pressure from the earth and water are constantly pushing on your foundation. There are, of course, cracks related to settling as well. But in either case, it’s important to remedy these issues before they grow out of control.
Water entering your home is never a good thing. How does it get there?The ground water that exists on the outside of your foundation essentially forces itself through your basement walls. This phenomenon is known as “hydrostatic pressure,” and at the first sign of water should be taken care of. Because what starts out as a small leak shortly after a heavy rain, can quickly turn into a big problem in a very short time.
We won’t lie, mold in your basement can pose serious health risks to you and your family. To be sure, water is destructive, but mold is an even bigger problem when left to profligate. We recommend you call a professional right away if your discover mold or even if you suspect it. Remediation should be priority number one in the case of mold.
Got one of the basement problems we outlined above? We offer a wide range of solutions to every customer experiencing basement issues. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.