By Brenda. Basement. Published at Friday, April 13th, 2018 - 10:28:44 AM.
Meanwhile, mold is growing on anything organic in your basement. Boxes, cloth, leather, drywall paper on the walls and ceiling, wood, and anything else organic in the basement is a target. For the basement to be usable space, the relative humidity of the area should be brought below 60%. At this level, the area is comfortable for humans but dry enough to prevent mold and dust mites from thriving. Along with a sump pump and interior perimeter drain, an energy-efficient self-draining dehumidifier is the best answer for a dry basement. Before the rainy season A wet basement is easy to ignore during dry weather. But when a major storm hits, the amount of water that comes in can be hard to predict. Homeowners that previously only had a small leak once or twice a year can be shocked and disappointed to find that their basement has several inches-even feet- of water seemingly out of the blue. How serious a basement flood can be is sometimes hard to tell, and unless the investment is made in a basement waterproofing system, the risk of such a flood is always present. If you know stormy weather is ahead, then its a great idea to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.
A damp, wet and leaky basement can be a big problem for homeowners. When water enters a basement, over time, it can and will affect the whole house. Water can cause mild to severe damage to a foundation, and create other problems with mildew and harmful molds-- especially for adults and children with breathing problems including asthma. By preventing leaks and moisture problems youre beginning to understand the reasons why basements leak! Water Damages All Types of Basements Basements can be used for many different things; storage, additional living space, work space and play area for small children. In some homes, basements are used only as a place of storage. In other homes, basements are used as fully furnished living spaces, no different from any other living space in the home. Nonetheless, water is a hassle if water enters your basements-- regardless how youve chosen to use your basement.
Moisture! Besides the cracks and buckling walls, mold is another sign that your basement needs to be waterproofed. In addition, basement waterproofing is ultimately the only way to remove mold in your basement. Basement waterproofing is more than just installing an internal or external drainage system, but its actually a process including crack repair as well as the installation of items such as a dehumidifier and/or sump pump. There are many ways to help waterproof your basement, thus remove mold-- but theyre all in the category of moisture control! Basement Waterproofing Benefits Not only can you remove the mold, but youll also be able to improve the air quality in your home. Its been estimated that a third to a half of the air on the first floor comes from the basement or crawl space, which means that a cleaner basement helps cleanup the rest of the homes air.
Make the Most of What Youve Got! Finishing your basement runs at about 50% of the cost of adding a new addition to your home. Remodeling Online reports that nationwide, finishing a basement can increase the resale value of a home by about 61%-97% of the cost of the installation! All numbers aside, if your basement is leaking, you have an opportunity to take a problem in your home and change it into an asset. Here are some disadvantages to a damp basement: 1. If you have cement or block basement walls or floors, water collecting around your foundation in the looser backfilled earth is seeping through your porous cement basement structure. Even if your basement walls do not look damp, you can be sure that the moisture is seeping through and being pulled up by the air, much like the dirt in a potted plant does when the soil is wet but the surface is dry.
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