Negative Effects of a Moist Basement

Is the moisture level in your basement making you uncomfortable? Have you noticed a musty odor or condensation or dampness on your basement walls? Whether your basement is completely finished or is used for storage, there’s no reason to have to avoid this valuable space in your home due to excess moisture issues. Left unattended, the buildup of moisture in your basement or crawl space could lead to unpleasant musty odors, mold and mildew growth, wood rot, and in severe cases, health issues for you and your family due to poor indoor air quality. Basement or crawl space moisture should be taken seriously and resolved before it impacts the safety of your home and the health of your family.

Basements and crawl spaces that are leaking or continually battling damp conditions can ruin your home's appeal and structural integrity. An improperly waterproofed basement can become a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Musty odors might start out in a confined space, but over time, they will migrate to the main living areas, making living in the home unpleasant and potentially unsafe. As the moisture continues to gain ground, spores form and spread throughout the area when left untreated. As the mold spreads, mild to serious health conditions can be exacerbated. Adults and children who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other breathing difficulties will find the home almost unbearable. Moisture in your basement or crawl space is a breeding ground for dust mites and other allergens, making breathing difficult for those with lung conditions.

Excess moisture also wreaks havoc on your home’s physical properties. Doors and windows can swell and become hard to open and close. Mold and mildew also feed and grow on organic materials, deteriorating wood, paper, and carpet as it spreads. Mold also spreads when the humidity level is increased through condensation and frost on windows, making proper windows and window seals a necessary part of balancing the moisture in your home.

The good news is that there are solutions to basement and crawl space moisture issues. The right size dehumidifiers and other basement waterproofing solutions can solve your basement’s moisture issues for good. Our experienced and qualified basement waterproofing experts at Regional Foundation & Crawl Space Repair serve homeowners in the Raleigh area, and we can recommend the best energy-efficient and effective systems for your home. Contact our experts today for a free, no-obligation estimate on a lasting solution to your basement’s excess moisture concerns.