Dangers of Excess Moisture in Basements

Springtime can bring changes in weather patterns and temperature, which can have an impact on the moisture levels in your basement.

To prevent water intrusion, it’s important to take steps to keep your basement dry. Here are a few reminders as we approach springtime:

Melting Snow and Heavy Rain

Springtime often brings heavy rains and melting snow which can lead to water intrusion in your basement. Do a walk around on the exterior of your home. Check for any foundational cracks. Even if you aren’t seeing signs of water in your basement now, if there are cracks, there is a high chance that water is seeping in.

Higher Humidity

As the temperature rises in spring, the humidity levels in your home can also increase. This can create a damp environment in your basement, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Consider using a dehumidifier to control the humidity levels in your basement. If you have a utility sink, there are dehumidifiers with hoses so you can continuously drain water into the sink. This way you don’t have to constantly empty the water tank.

Check Your Basement for Signs of Water

It’s a good idea to regularly check your basement for any signs of water intrusion. Look for dampness, water stains, or musty odors. If you notice any signs of water damage, address the issue promptly to prevent further damage and potential health risks.

Soil Saturation

While inspecting the exterior of your home, you may also notice that the soil around your home is saturated with water. This can increase the hydrostatic pressure against your foundation walls and potentially lead to those cracks or leaks. Make sure your downspouts are directing water away from your foundation.

Don’t forget to complete your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Water intrusion can appear in other places throughout the home. A thorough inspection of these key areas could save you money now and in the long run.

Basements can be dark and dreary. If the space is unused, it can be easy to miss signs of water intrusion. If you’re experiencing chronic water intrusion in your basement, give us a call.

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