With rain on the forecast for the rest of the week throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, it’s important to start thinking about the damage that all of this water could do to your home and foundation. Excessive rain can saturate the soil, causing water to pool around your home and seep inside. Not only does this cause wet basements and flooding, but it can also result in deterioration and other foundation problems.
Learn more about wet basements this Spring: APRIL SHOWERS BRING…WET BASEMENTS
Learn more about what causes foundation damage: CAUSES OF FOUNDATION PROBLEMS
Read on to find out why you should waterproof your home and basement to prevent these issues and how Southeastern Home Solutions can help.
A home that does not have adequate basement and foundation waterproofing runs the risk of letting water seep inside. Water normally enters your basement and home through cracks in the foundation, although it can also seep through the porous concrete of the foundation walls. Installing proper drainage systems, ensuring that downspouts work properly, and manipulating the slope of the lawn so that water does not pool by the home are all important steps in reducing basement moisture and flooding. Sum pump systems in the home also prevent flooding by removing and rerouting any excess water that makes its way into the basement.
If any water makes its way into your basement, even if it is a small amount, it can cause high humidity in the area. This high humidity can affect the air throughout your home, since the air in your basement cycles through the rest of the home. High moisture levels in the air can also affect respiratory conditions and cause the home to feel warmer during the summer months, meaning you might spend more on air conditioning. To reduce moisture, make sure any cracks in your foundation are properly closed and sealed and invest in interior waterproofing. De-humidifiers from Santa Fe can also help reduce excess moisture and humidity in your basement.
Several foundation problems can result from water seepage. If water starts collecting in puddles against your home, it can start to eat away at the concrete foundation or seep through the porous materials, causing the concrete to weaken. This puts the structural stability of your home at risk. In addition, a lack of proper drainage around your basement and foundation can result in high hydrostatic pressure when the soil gets saturated. This pressure pushes on the foundation and can cause shifting and crack formation. Be sure to install adequate drainage and fill in any low spots near the hoe where water might collect to prevent these issues.
Flooding and damp basements present a range of different issues. One of these issues is that the water that enters your home might ruin your personal property. All kinds of personal items, such as electronics, upholstered furniture, paper documents, and more can be ruined by basement flooding and dampness. Water seepage in your basement can also cause wood rot, metal rust, and can cause insulation in the walls to become soaked musty. Proper drainage systems and a sump pump system alleviate these problems by keeping water out of your home.
High moisture levels in your basement can provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew commonly grow in areas you may not be able to see or access easily when moisture seeps into your basement. Be aware of any musty odors or any worsened respiratory issue or allergy symptoms among residents of your home. Get any visible mold removed as soon as possible and follow with waterproofing and dehumidification to prevent future mold growth.
Keep your home and family safe with basement waterproofing from SHS. Call us for a free quote today to combat the spring rains.