What to Do If You Have a Damp Basement
It’s a problem, and it’s an all too common one for home and building owners all across the USA – a damp, leaky basement. Dampness in your basement can cause all kinds of issues, such as the proliferation of mold and mildew, and the potential for structural weaknesses and cracks.
So, the question is, what should you do if you have a leaky basement?
Check Your Downspouts and Gutters
One of the main reasons that water gets into your basement is because of faulty or damaged downspouts or gutters. These items work to divert water away from your basement, so if they are not working properly then you’ll have basement water issues. You should check your downspouts and gutters at least twice a year.
Check for Leaks
Water always flows down, so if you have a leak anywhere in your home or building the chances are that water will find a way to your basement. Check all pipes that run from sinks, toilets, baths, showers, heating systems and so on. Sometimes a leak may only be a drip, so check carefully. If you can’t find a leak then it may be worth getting a plumber out to give you a complete evaluation of your plumbing system.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
The first step in dealing with a damp basement is to dry it out. A dehumidifier takes in moist air, removes the moisture, condenses the water (so that it can be drained and disposed of) then returns the dry air to the room. You can prevent moist air from invading your basement from elsewhere by taking practical steps, such as having a window open when you take a hot shower or bath.
Look into Basement Waterproofing
The only real, long-term solution to basement moisture issues is to have your basement waterproofed. This will prevent all water intrusion issues, including the growth of mold. Remember that water intrusion, should it be left untreated, can cause all types of issues including foundation weakening and potential building structural problems. Why run the risk of water intrusion and obscenely-high repair bills when you can prevent them ever happening by investing in basement waterproofing?
If you feel you have a need for basement waterproofing services, then please contact us here at Foundation Solutions 360. We can be called any time at (855) 532-5360 or you can use the online contact form that’s available for your use on our website.