3 Cause and Effects of a Leaky Basement
The idea of waterproofing your basement is enough to make most homeowners panic, but how do you know when you need it? Is that small trickle of water in your basement really a sign of a serious problem? Unfortunately, it usually is. A bit of water does not always indicate a problem, but if it is, you must act quickly to prevent costly damage to your home Time is of the essence when it comes to water proofing your basement for basement leaks.
CAUSE: Basement Leaks
EFFECT: Increase Humidity and Increase Utility Bills
When water seeps into your basement, it often sits, unnoticed, in a puddle on the floor. Even if the leak occurs near a floor drain, some water will typically remain in the basement. It will eventually evaporate, and as it does, the humidity will rise as the air absorbs the moisture. This can make your home feel uncomfortable, as high humidity makes the air feel warmer.
Your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) are designed to manage humidity in the air. But increased humidity from a basement leak can make the systems work harder and longer to remove the added moisture in the air. When your HVAC system is continually pushed this way, you can end up with high utility bills. With waterproofing repair for basement leaks, you can avoid excess wear and tear on your HVAC system and possibly decrease your utility bills.
CAUSE: Basement Leak
EFFECT: Mold Growth and Possible Health Concerns
Chances are, you already have mold spores in your basement. Spores can exist wherever they find moisture and organic materials, such as wood, drywall and cardboard. If your basement is moist and contains these items, you probably have an increased amount of mold spores. A leak in the basement will cause dormant mold spores to spring to life, damaging every surface on which they grow.
Without waterproofing repair to remove the water source, this mold can destroy your belongings and also may cause structural damage to your home. Even worse, the mold spores contaminate the air in your home. Serious health problems, including allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions, can result from breathing this contaminated air. Waiting to have the problem repaired can worsen these issues over time and place your family’s health at risk.
CAUSE: Basement Leaks
EFFECT: Foundation Damages and Costly Repairs
A basement leak is a lot like having a tiny hole in your car’s tire. You may not face immediate danger, but unless you fix the problem, it will only get worse. If waterproofing isn’t completed quickly, more water enters the basement, finding its way into the walls and degrading the foundation’s structure.
A small basement leak may seem like a minor issue, but putting off repairs will ultimately cause more problems and larger repair bills. If you have a leak and want more information on possible repair options, contact us to schedule an inspection.