Most Chicago-area homeowners have their basements waterproofed in order to protect their homes from damage caused by seeping water. Basement water seepage can damage or destroy the possessions that are being stored there. It can also cause drywall, door frames, window frames and stairway railings to rot and decay.
Other homeowners get basement waterproofing for what boils down to aesthetic reasons – no one wants to see unsightly water stains, even if the basement hasn’t been finished. And still others want their basements waterproofed because mopping up water whenever it rains can be time-consuming and inconvenient, not to mention a real pain.
All those are terrific reasons to hire a professional flood control and seepage company for basement waterproofing. But guess what? None of them is the most important reason. That would be the preservation of your health.
Mold spores normally circulate in the air – they’re just part of nature. Most of the time, they don’t present much of a problem. But they do love to take root in dark, humid places. If you think that sounds like a lot of basements, you’d be right. In fact, a basement with seepage problems provides the ideal conditions for the development of mold and mildew on the walls and beneath any carpets or rugs.
Asthma (in kids and adults alike) is more common today than it’s ever been before. People are living longer than in the past, and many seniors have COPD or other breathing problems. The presence of mold and mildew in the basement can make respiratory problems worse, in some cases dangerously so. That’s not the worst of it, though.
Mold can produce gases which can be toxic if inhaled. These gases don’t bother everyone, but for some people they can be a real problem. Having mold growing in the basement also increases the chances of inhaling mold spores. When that happens, a potentially dangerous respiratory infection is possible.
Just the presence of mold in the basement can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and inhaling the gases can cause migraines, nosebleeds, dizziness and/or symptoms that resemble the flu. Breathing can become even more difficult for senior citizens with pre-existing respiratory issues (caused by COPD, for example). And inhaling the spores can lead to dangerous respiratory infections.
The best way to avoid all of this is to have your basement waterproofed by an expert flood control and seepage company. However, removing all mold and disinfecting the area thoroughly is always the first step.
Please note: this article is not intended to provide any medical advice, and you should not interpret it that way. If you have any respiratory or other health issues, please discuss them with your healthcare provider.Google+