Surface water--everything from undiverted rainwater to leaky systems--can cause a flooded basement. (Not to mention other probable causes like overflowing rain gutters and backups in the storm or sewer water systems.)
It may not be as obvious as large sources of water like rain or pipes, but one of the biggest culprits of water seepage is the moisture-filled earth that surrounds your basement. Regardless of the material that was used when building the structure--bricks, concrete, stone--it can be susceptible to seeping water when the ground puts pressure on the walls and forces moisture through tiny cracks and joints.
Health risks common with a flooded basement stem from mold and mildew growth.
According to the CDC, your reaction will depend on your sensitivity to mold. Other allergens such as dust and pollen thrive in areas of excess moisture too leading to coughing, wheezing, sneezing, and itchy eyes.
In addition to health risks, a flooded basement can jeopardize the structural integrity of your home. Sitting water can damage walls, floors, carpeting, woodwork, furniture, and more. Plus, if you use your basement for storage, water can quickly ruin cherished heirlooms, photos, or other irreplaceable items. It can also lead to electrical shock from electronics that are impacted by the standing water.
Basement waterproofing is the process of locating where water is entering your home and finding the best solutions to prevent it. Each case is different, but an experienced Healthy Waterproofing expert can help you decide on the best path for addressing your flooded basement. Most solutions involve one of four methods, or some combination of the four: interior, exterior, drainage, or sealant.
Along with basement waterproofing, you can take steps to remove excess moisture by using an Aprilaire dehumidifier. These units are made specifically for basements and crawl spaces, with a range of sizes to handle different capacities (based on the size of your basement and the amount of moisture that needs to be removed).
A flooded basement can leave behind wet drywall and other moisture-soaked interiors that can lead to health problems or structural damage within your home. It's important to make sure that your basement is dry so that other problems do not creep up after clean up.
To remedy your issues, contact a Healthy Waterproofing expert today.
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