Problems Leaky Basements Cause and What You Can Do

Leaky BasementsThere are a variety of reasons why your basement keeps getting wet. It doesn’t always have to be a result of heavy rains and flooding. Here are a couple of problems you might encounter and some quick solutions you can try.

A common problem that causes wet basements is outdated houses, plumbing and pipes. You can’t change the fact that your house was originally built 50 to 100 years ago. You have to do what you can.  The answer to old plumbing systems and pipes is simple. Replace the system.  If this sounds like something that is out of your financial capability, start small. The first thing to do is schedule a consultation with a professional. They will give you a better insight into what you need to do and what you can do.

One of the most common causes of wet and leaky basements is neglectful owners. Are you guilty of ignoring your leaky window sills, sink pipes and door frames, hoping it will fix itself? We’ve all been neglectful at times. But it may be time for you to admit defeat and call in the professionals. Don’t wait another day. Mold can appear at any time when people ignore their wet basement problems and mold is bad.

The foundation of your house is being threatened when you don’t tend to moisture in your basement, not to mention any possessions you might be storing down there. Paper, wood and cardboard soak up the moisture in the air. If you have water gathered in pools or corners, those possessions could lose their value. Anything paper, such as books, would be ruined for good. Don’t ignore the leaks in your basement!

If you leave anything in the basement at all, put it up on shelves that are more than a foot off the floor. Typically, unless it is a major flooding situation, you shouldn’t have to worry about water rising higher than that. Your possessions are safer high in the air. Plastic shelves are perfect for a basement because they will not absorb moisture or warp. This helps to minimize mildew and mold. In addition, avoid cardboard boxes to store items. Use plastic totes.

If you sense you are going to have a long-term problem with your damp basement, get the experts in there to do an evaluation and make suggestions. They have been trained to spot problems you might not see. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the problem. Do something about your wet basement before the mold and mildew get out of control.

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