A Wet Basement in the Summer

August 20th, 2019

A Wet basement in Barrie can be a real problem any time of the year. You can tell if you have a wet basement problem if you can see water seeping through the cracks in the concrete floor or if there are traces of water in many other locations of the basement.

It is a good idea to check your basement regularly for damp or wet areas. Our summer has had sporadic rainfalls, but even small amounts of rain can cause damage to your basement where water can seep through existing cracks.

A wet basement can be caused by moisture migrating through your concrete foundation. There may not be a sign of any leak or standing water, but as the moisture evaporates, it increases the indoor humidity. Another common cause is condensation on the cold concrete walls and floors during humid months. We have had many days this summer of hot and humid weather so it is essential to use dehumidifiers to soak up the moisture in the air. If you do not have a dehumidifier, it is crucial that you check your basement for dampness, as a wet basement can cause a real problem.

Water stains along the walls or floor can be a sign of a wet basement. This could be caused by something simple such as an overflowing laundry tub or it could be a result of water seeping in through basement windows, the walls or the floor.  Excess moisture in a basement can cause an unmistakable smell which is largely a result of mould growth. Check your basement regularly and use an expert to fix any concerns to avoid future problems.


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