Have you noticed water in your basement? It’s not just a nuisance, that moisture could affect the health of you and your family. Between 40% and 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home comes from your basement.
The most common causes of water intrusion in your basement are:
- A high water table. The water table in your area exists around and under your home. It fluctuates based on rainfall and melting snow. When the water table gets high, you may experience water entry.
- Hydrostatic pressure. The water that exists around and under your home prior to seeping into the soil becomes pressurized. Raised pressure levels cause the water to enter through cracks and crevices in the basement walls and floor.
- Settlement. As the earth and soil around your home settles, the movement can cause your foundation to shift. This shifting can cause cracks in the foundation allowing water to enter the walls and floor.
The most important reason to fix your moisture problem is the possible health risks associated with prolonged moisture exposure. Moisture causes mold and mildew growth, which can lead to serious health risks including serious breathing problems, as well as fatal reactions in some cases.
Moisture issues in your basement can also affect the value of your home. Many real estate experts estimate that a wet basement can reduce the value of a home by 25%.
Thinking about finishing your basement? First on your list should be to ensure that the basement floor and walls are properly waterproofed.
Has your basement already suffered water damage? Contact our Duraclean restoration division to mitigate the damage and fully dry your basement. Once fully dried, Sidro’s Waterproofing division can help you to make sure that your basement remains dry.
We offer free estimates and our full waterproofing systems come with a transferable lifetime warranty!