How can hydro-static pressure cause mold in my basement?

How can hydro-static pressure cause mold in my basement?In order to answer this question, we must first look at the properties of water.  Water has two basic properties – – it is self-leveling and it travels the path of least resistance.  Over time, the water in the ground around your home will flow along the path of least resistance as soil shifts and changes around the foundation of your home.  However, when water builds up around the foundation and has no way to flow away from your foundation, hydrostatic pressure builds up causing the water to press against the foundation.  The constant water pressure on the foundation and walls continues until it finds a weak spot to penetrate.  This is one of the causes of cracks in your foundation and basement walls. 

As the water seeps into your basement through these small cracks, mold and mildew begin to grow in the damp environment.  Some people assume that there must be standing water or that flooring and walls must be saturated for mold and mildew to grow – – that is not true.  Even a small amount of moisture is enough for mold and mildew to take hold and begin to grow at a rapid pace.  Because the hydrostatic pressure can cause small cracks behind wall coverings, underneath flooring and in crawl spaces, you may not even realize that you have water seeping into your basement until it is too late.  Mold and mildew can cause serious health issues and it can be very expensive to remove mold and repair the damage to your home caused by the growth of mold and mildew.

There is a way to prevent the problem before it begins.  Basement waterproofing is a proven way to prevent water seepage into your basement, crawlspaces and foundation.  An experienced contractor can evaluate your home and suggest the most efficient and effective waterproofing method for your home.  It is a cost effective solution to for preventing the damage caused by water seepage, basement flooding and mold.  Our company has the experience and knowledge to help you prevent water problems before they occur.  We are one of the most experienced seepage Chicago companies in the area.  Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our expertly trained technicians to see how our seepage control systems can help you prevent mold, mildew and water damage before it become an expensive problem.

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