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What You Need to Know About Your Wet Basement Walls

Jan 18, 2016 | Services

 

Many homes have basements. Sometimes these basements are utilized as a finished second living area for the homeowners, and sometimes they are nothing more than a storage area that is rarely seen or utilized. Regardless of how your basement is used, or the age it may be, it is still a basement and you need to be aware of certain elements it may be exposed to because of being located under ground.

Basements are basically holes in the ground surrounded by porous concrete. Because of this fact, they are more susceptible to rain water and damage from the earth and water constantly surrounding it. Many homeowners experience dry basements for years until external perimeter drainage systems clog, which in turn, need replaced. At times, the drainage is effected from the flow of the land around your home. If you are a basement owner, you should be aware of the risks a basement faces and the damage it can incur if not properly taken care of. Below are some examples of how wet basements and wet basement walls can actually become much worse than it may seem:

 

Foundation

Over time, what may seem like just a small amount of water in your basement can signify much larger problems. As water goes in and out of your basement, it takes a large toll on your home’s foundation. Water can erode stone and cement horribly. What may look like nothing more than a bit of water, can in fact turn into a much larger problem involving a new foundation for your home. A foundation is what holds your home up, so preventing this from happening is vital.

 

Bugs

Bugs and insects live in the ground. So, by adding a damp, dark, and indoor area for them to live and breed is something they will surely find. They thrive in wet areas and could soon become an infestation if not properly handled and prepared for. Having a home overrun by these critters is not on anybody’s wish list!

 

Mold and Mildew

This could potentially be the most hazardous reason to take wet basement walls seriously. Because it involves your health, it is not something to be taken lightly. Black mold grows in damp areas with low air circulation and can cause all kinds of breathing and lung problems such as asthma, chronic lung infection, sinusitis, allergic reactions, and eczema. This can be especially hazardous to older people and young children.

 

Selling

And lastly, when you go to eventually sell your house one day, a wet basement can chase the perfect buyer away very quickly. By being informed of the dangers of wet basements makes many people leery of even considering a home with wet basement walls as an option.

The most obvious way to remedy the problem of a wet basement is to prevent the water from ever being able to penetrate inside of the basement walls. The best way to do this is to look at your yard’s drainage. This means see where the water falls after a heavy rain and make sure it is not pooling beside your home’s foundation. There is a simple test you can perform to determine any drainage problems. Dig a 2 foot deep and 2 foot wide hole in your yard and fill it up with water. If the water drains away within 60 minutes you have no problems. If it does not, it’s time to call in the experts. Thankfully, Johnson’s Landscaping Services can locate the source of the problem. For more information on how Johnson’s Landscaping can help take your water worries away, please do not hesitate to contact us. Or, hop on over to the blog for some more great water damage tips and advice!

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