4 of the Most Common Basement Problems and How They Can Damage Your Home (and Health)
Dampness is so common, that many home owners assume that their basement being damp is perfectly normal. In fact, its is the first warning sign that bigger problems are in store for your cellar.
Dampness comes from humidity, and water getting into your basement. While dampness may not seem like a big deal, it actually leads to the next four most common (and much more dangerous) problems…
It begins with a little dampness, then some water trickles in through the wall or floor of your basement, next thing you know your entire cellar is flooding during heavy rain storms.
And, once the flooding starts, it doesn’t just go away. In fact, it will grow progressively worse as time passes. The more water that enters your basement, the worse the problem becomes.
Water is highly corrosive to most types of foundation materials – even durable materials like brick and cement are no match for the onslaught of pressure and corrosive elements that too much water in the soil around your home can bring.
Small cracks on the outer walls let water inside the walls, which leads to cracks on the inside walls. Water now has an easy entry way into your basement.
3. Cracks in the Walls or Floor
The cracks you see on the inside of your basement walls originated on the outer wall, on the
parts you can’t see because they’re under ground.
When it rains, your yard has to absorb all of that water.
One inch of rain on a 1/4 acre lot is equal to about 6,000 gallons of water. When your yard floods, forms puddles or is soggy, it means that the ground has been unable to absorb the excess.
This leads to expansion in your soil.
That expansion exerts a tremendous amount of pressure on the outer walls of your basement and foundation.
Cracks form, water gets inside, it eats away at the strength of your basement walls, then flooding occurs.
4. Mold Growth
Like dampness, mold in the cellar is often seen as normal.
In fact, mold is extremely hazardous to your family’s health. All mold needs to grow and spread is air, darkness, and moisture – that’s why it thrives in your basement.
If you see any sign of mold, dampness, cracks, or flooding do something about it now before the health of your home and family will suffer