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Need Waterproofing? Signs You Have a Wet, Damp Basement

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Wondering if you need your basement waterproofed? Not sure of the warning signs of having a wet, damp, water-damaged basement?

 

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The transition from winter to spring usually carries with it a lot of rain and humidity. This can directly lead to damp basements. And, it can also lead to mold and black mold exposure.

Far too many people disregard this problem. They assume that a little dampness in the basement is normal and part of living in the the north east U.S. It’s humid in the summer, wet in the spring, winter and fall. This all leads to having a damp, wet, and often mold riddled, cellar and crawl space. Because the cellar is under ground, they tend to be much cooler than the rest of the home. But, this should not confuse the fact that humidity still has a hold of your basement. And, when this happens, a ton of problems can happen and cause difficulties in your home’s health and yours!

How do you know if you have a damp basement? If you do, you’ll see:

– Water and moisture stains on the walls and floor of the cellar

– White Streaks on the walls

– Efflorescence

– “Sweat” on the walls and floor, especially in the spring and summer

– White Streaks on the walls

– Mold and mildew on the walls (or anywhere else in the basement)

Why is dampness bad?

If you see these signs, you have several problems, including mold and mildew growth, possible structural problems on the inside and outside walls, and the potential for full blown flooding when it rains. Water will get inside your walls and eat away at the cement and cinder block. So, that little bit of moisture you saw is showing you that there is much more water inside the walls and it will cause cracks and leaks. These are expensive fixes. Once this happens, major damages occur. The pressure built up by the water in the walls and in the soil around your home can cause cracks and leaks, breaking your foundation apart. This can lead to expensive, massive repairs by a professional contractors.

How Do You Fix The Problem?

 

 

First, if you see these warning signs, have your home inspected for possible water damages. Have a professional come and give you an idea of what it will take to fix the moisture problem. This will almost always include the installation of a high quality dehumidifier. It will also involve having the basement waterproofed as this is the only way that the walls will repel water and not allow dampness and moisture to take hold, along with mold and mildew.

If you choose to ignore the problem, then your health and the health of your family can suffer badly. Mold leads to a malady of problems from sinus infections to lung problems.

 

If you see any of the above warning signs in your basement or crawlspace, please call us at 877-495-9111 and we’ll provide a complimentary inspection and any help necessary to ensure you have a dry, safe basement.