If you have a basement, whether finished or unfinished, you’ll likely encounter problems at some point. Basements are notorious for water-related issues that can affect the condition of the house, damage the basement’s contents and even affect residents’ health.
Problems Caused by Excessive Humidity
Humidity is a frequent source of major problems in a basement. Moisture can accumulate in an area that is poorly ventilated and can lead to mold and mildew. Those issues can result in poor air quality, not just in the basement, but also on the first floor of the house, which likely includes living areas where family members spend a significant amount of their time. Mold and mildew can cause a variety of health problems, ranging from headaches to respiratory issues to allergic reactions. The effects can be particularly serious in children and the elderly. If the basement does not have windows, a dehumidifier can control the level of moisture in the air.
Humidity can also cause a musty, unpleasant smell that can make it difficult to enjoy spending time in the basement. The odor might even spread to other, more frequently used portions of the house.
Structural Damage Caused by Water
Water can cause the ground under the floor to erode, which can cause the floor to sink. If the yard outside the house absorbs a large amount of rainwater, it can expand and put pressure on the foundation. This can eventually lead to cracks in the basement that require professional repairs. If the cracks are not fixed, water can leak into the basement. Cracks can also cause the walls to bow or buckle, which may require them to be anchored. If you notice any of these problems, contact a basement repair company immediately.
A leak, a burst pipe or a malfunctioning sump pump can cause a basement to flood. That can cause major damage to the walls, flooring, furniture and any items stored in the basement. In addition, water can create mold and mildew which can affect the residents’ health. Flooding needs to be addressed immediately by removing the water and drying out or discarding wet items. In many cases, the services of a professional cleaning and restoration company will be needed to adequately address water damage.
Don’t Ignore Basement Issues
Basement problems are extremely common. They often develop slowly and can be easy to overlook until they result in major damage. Control the humidity in your basement and be on the lookout for signs of cracks, leaks and water damage. If you have any concerns, contact a basement repair company to schedule a professional inspection and have any necessary repairs completed as soon as possible.