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Even though it sounds like a nuisance, a wet basement can be far more problematic than just being “inconvenient.” Especially if you have a finished living space in your basement, the moisture can damage your framing, drywall, or carpeting. Even if you only use your basement for storage, you can have a number of different issues with a wet basement.
Problem #1 – Condensation
Condensation can show up as puddles, wet spots, or droplets on the basement walls and floors. This occurs when our cool foundation walls are exposed to moist, warm air. This makes the entire basement ‘clammy’ and uncomfortable. When it occurs in your crawl space, condensation can lead to insects and wood rot. It can delaminate and buckle plywood.
Often just airing out the basement and running a fan can help cure most of the problems. It might also be a good idea to invest in a heavy-duty dehumidifier. Alternatively, using a waterproof coating to damp-proof the walls might also be a great investment. This is going to help clog the concrete pores, which helps alleviate issues with condensation.
Problem #2 – Runoff
Melted snow or rainwater that is not routed away from the house is one of the common causes of crawl space and basement moisture. The runoff percolates through the topsoil, and stops near the base of the foundation. The pressure is going to force the water through cracks or gaps in the footings and walls.
The best way to resolve this problem is by sealing basement walls and patching cracks in the foundation. It is essential to address the outside entry points. If you do not take steps to fix these cracks and leaks, chances are that problems are going to continue to develop.
Taking care of the problem
The truth is that a wet basement could be a one-time issue, but it could also be indicative of something far more serious than that. In fact, if you are not taking steps to fix these issues (and they continue to develop) what was once a clammy basement might become a far more serious issue down the road.
If you are unsure that you have addressed the issue, and if you are not sure that the problem is resolved in the long term, it might be a good idea to call in the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They will be able to accurately diagnose the issue and tell you whether the issue was a one-time problem or something that you should take more seriously.