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Have Wet Basement Walls? Look Out for These 3 Potential Upcoming Problems | Takoma Park, MD

Nov 23, 2015 | Services

If you have recently walked into the bottom level of your home and noticed that you had wet basement walls, your initial thought might have been curiosity about where the water was coming from. However, you might have went back up to the upper levels of your home and continued on with your day.

Even though wet basement walls might not seem like a big deal — especially if you don’t use your basement for much — they are a sign that you will soon be dealing with other problems. These are some of the potential issues that you might find yourself dealing with soon. Luckily, if you hire a professional to come out and find the source of the problem, you can then attack the problem and prevent wet basement walls and other issues in the future.


Mold Growth

Mold does not just look gross — it is actually hazardous for you and your family. Breathing in mold can be extremely dangerous and can cause breathing problems, particularly if there is someone in your household who has asthma or serious allergies.

All of the extra moisture in your basement — such as the moisture on your walls and the moisture that is coming from the source of the problem — can greatly contribute to mold growth. This is something that you should look out for in the coming days, particularly if you do not have the problem fixed as soon as possible. Do not attempt to remove or clean up the mold yourself, and don’t allow yourself and your family to spend time in the basement until it has been removed. Instead, hire a professional mold remediation company to come out and get rid of the mold to prevent health issues and to ensure that it’s properly eliminated.

On a similar note, you might also notice mildew growth in your basement. Mildew is also caused by moist conditions, but it is not hazardous like mold is. It can look gross and can cause damage to your property, however, so it should be cleaned up as soon as possible as well. Luckily, you can clean it yourself with a regular household cleaner or with diluted bleach.


Property Damage

If your basement walls are wet, you can expect for them to become damaged soon. Wet drywall will slowly but surely rot, and you’ll have to replace your walls completely. This isn’t the only problem that you should be worried about, however. You also have to worry about the floors, the furniture and everything else in your basement becoming damaged due to the excessive moisture in your basement.


Foundation Damage

In most cases, moisture in the basement is a sign of foundation damage. Foundation damage doesn’t just affect the lowest level of your home, however. If you ignore the problem, your foundation damage will get increasingly worse.

Foundation damage can significantly decrease the structural integrity of your home. Over time, it can cause cracks in your walls, cracks in your chimney, misaligned doors throughout your home and other problems. Eventually, the foundation could fail completely, causing serious damage to your house and putting your family at risk.

Luckily, a company that is experienced in basement waterproofing and foundation repair can help with this issue and can repair existing foundation damage and prevent additional damage from happening in the future.

As you can see, wet basement walls are not just an annoyance; they can be an indication of a serious problem that can contribute to a lot of damage. If you have noticed any moisture on your basement walls or any other signs that there might be moisture in your basement, contact us at Johnson’s Landscaping today to find out how we can help.

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