It’s easy enough to take your basement for granted. You might not go down there very often – so you may just assume that all is well, and no problems have developed. That’s a dangerous assumption, however, as water problems are common in basement spaces, and wet basements can suffer some serious consequences.
To steer clear of the headaches caused by a soggy basement, getting it waterproofed is a smart move. Now, let’s dive into the perks you’ll reap when you have the pros at Summit Basement Company handle the job.
Mold is a Serious Threat
If for no other reason, you should take any water problems in your basement seriously because of the likely development of mold. When you allow your basement to stay wet for extended periods, it’s not a matter of if you will end up with mold – it’s just a matter of when.
Mold thrives in environments that are moist and dark. In most basements, the dark part of the equation is covered, meaning it’s only a matter of adding moisture and suddenly mold will become a real problem. Failing to keep your basement dry is inviting mold to grow in the home, and along with it will come a range of negative health consequences.
The impact of mold on your health and the health of the other people in your home will depend on a range of factors. Some of the possibilities include respiratory issues, runny noses, headaches and fatigue, watery eyes, and more. Also, for people with related pre-existing conditions, the health impacts could be even worse.
Keeping your basement dry is the only way to be sure that you won’t encounter mold problems moving forward. Basement waterproofing that is completed by Summit Basement Company will address any issues that could lead to wet basement problems and will leave the lowest level of your home dry and free from mold for years to come.
Protect the Structure of the House
For most people, their home is the most valuable thing they own, and the most expensive thing they will ever purchase. In addition to the financial significance of your home, you also have countless memories and experiences tied up in that place, so it means more to you than just dollars and cents.
Given those points, protecting the health of the home is something that is likely very important to you. And, the bottom of the house just might be the most important part to protect, as it provides support for everything else above. In a wet basement, the foundation of the home can be at risk, as the foundation walls and the floor of the basement can be compromised and many structural issues may result.
While significant structural damage might not be a major threat if the basement only gets wet once, a problem that allows this area to get wet once is likely to remain a problem and allow it to happen again. Over time, these repeated cycles of wet basement conditions are sure to lead to expensive structural issues. Make it a priority to keep your basement as dry as possible to protect the financial and emotional investment you have made.
Address Mysterious Smells
There is a certain smell that many people associate with basements – even if you can’t quite describe it, you can probably conjure it up in your mind. Did you know that smell isn’t necessarily inevitable with basement spaces? It’s common, to be sure, but that musty odor is the result of damp basements that have potential problems with mold and mildew.
Again here, we see the value of keeping your basement dry. If you can avoid allowing water to get into the basement, the growths that lead to those smells won’t have the opportunity to take hold. Not only will this make your basement a more enjoyable place to be, but it will also prevent such smells from sneaking up and filling the rest of the rooms in the home.
Gain Useful Space
Finally, it’s worth thinking about water problems in your basement simply because you can make more effective use of this space when it is kept dry. You might not want to use your basement for storage purposes if it keeps getting wet over and over again, but it could suddenly be a great option for storage and other uses if you know it is going to stay nice and dry all year long.
Not sure if you need to waterproof your basement? Not to worry – Summit Basement Company would be happy to help you make that decision. We are happy to offer free basement inspections to check on the current conditions and provide input on how to proceed. Take a moment to contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our team is excited to serve you!