Do You Have a Wet or Leaking Basement? They Need to be Fixed

Wet or Leaking Basement

If you have a leaking or wet basement, you are hardly alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors reports that 60 percent of houses in the U.S. have wet basements, and 38 percent are at risk for basement mold. One way to tell if you have a leaking basement is by looking at the walls or floor. Are they wet? Other signs may be rusty floor vents or rusty appliances.

Problems with a wet basement don’t stop at those things, though. Wet basements can cause other problems, like wet drywall, skyrocketing energy bills, and health problems—especially respiratory problems and allergies–from conditions that stem from wet basements, like mold or fungus.

Your household space is precious. You might be using your basement as a recreation area, or fixed it up for your kids. The wet, damp air, musty odor, and mold will destroy anything in your basement and make it profoundly unpleasant. Even if you’re only using it for a storage area, a wet basement and mold can damage anything stored. So even if the basement is out of sight, out of mind, it is important to fix it promptly if you suspect anything. Moreover, because the basement is underneath all the house’s rooms, it’s by far the largest space in the house. Wouldn’t it be nice to do something with it?

Think, also, of the retail sales value of your house. A wet basement or a foundation that needs to be waterproofed may make the home all but impossible to sell.

Please contact us if you are experiencing problems with a wet or leaking basement.