So, it’s spring. While this can be a fun and exciting time of the year, it also abounds with rain! It seems that every spring, more people have to deal with basement leak problems. It can be a frustrating thing to deal with, especially if you have to clean up water damage every year. If you are wondering what some of the causes of basement leaks are and how to solve this problem, read on.
There are a variety of reasons why basements have water leakage. Below are some of the most common causes:
• Improper surface drainage or clogged drainage
• Cracks in basement walls or wall joints
• Cracks in basement flooring
• Leaky roof(the water flows all the way down to the basement)
• Underground moisture being forced into home
These are just some of the reasons why you may be experiencing basement leaks. This can be more noticeable during wet months, especially in the springtime. If you have witnessed water leaks in your basement, you probably already have noticed damage.
Basement leaks can lead to a variety of problems. Some of the lasting damage that can occur includes:
• Mold and mildew
• A musty smell in the basement area, and other areas of the home
• Rotting wood
• Stains on walls, floors, and wood
• Rusting metal
• Damp walls and floors
• Damage to your furniture and personal belongings
The above problems can not only cause lasting damage to your home but can also cause serious health problems to your family. If you basement starts to leak, it is important to seek expert advice as soon as possible. Ignoring these issues can only cause more serious damage in the future.
To keep moisture out of your home you can purchase a dehumidifier, and set it up in the basement. This will help to control the moisture and humidity and substantially reduce water absorption by walls, furniture and carpets. This is one way to combat water leaks. If you notice that water leakage continues, you probably have a more serious issue at hand and will need to hire a professional.
In cases of serious problems the following may need to be done to fix the problem:
• Waterproof your basement
• Fix cracking walls or concrete
• Repair outside foundation
As spring approaches, keep an eye out for basement damage. If you begin to fix the problem early enough, you can avoid serious and lasting damage to your home. For more information on how to handle water damage and what repairs you may need, speak with a local basement repair company.