If you’ve noticed an odd smell coming from your basement, dark spots in the floor or walls, or rust forming on metal objects inside your home then you may be experiencing the symptoms of a moisture problem. Humidity or leaks could be the cause of your moisture troubles and those issues could reveal a larger problem somewhere in your home. Below is an overview of possible sources for moisture in your basement and steps you can take to control it in the future.
The foundation on which your home rests, inadequate gutters and downspouts, and structural cracks are all possible sources for moisture in your basement. They all individually or even collectively lead to water finding its way inside your home and compromising the structure of your home itself, and your health. Rainwater that isn’t property directed away from your home is essentially dumped right into your basement. In addition, humidity caused by warm air will also create a buildup of moisture in your basement, which can lead to breathing problems, mold, and damage to your wood, paint, and walls.
When It Happens
Stormy seasons are the most prevalent times of year when water and moisture find their ways into your basement. Spring rain and summer thunderstorms will not only cause moisture in your basement but they also increase the possibility of full on flooding. Also, if you live in a humid climate, that will also increase the likelihood that you’ll have to deal with protecting your basement and home from moisture all throughout the year. On occasion during particularly active winters, without the proper precautions, the water from snow, freezing rain, or even sleet could find their way into your basement.
How to Stop It
There are steps you can take to prevent moisture and water from wreaking havoc in your basement. First, ensure that all your drainage systems are operating properly. Being able to efficiently move water away from your home is key to protecting your property and health. Remove any clogs that you may find in your gutters or downspouts that could be causing a buildup of water. Finally, invest in a dehumidifier that works to lower the level of moisture in the air.
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If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.