Wet Basement Repair
May 21st, 2019
Even though May is supposed to bring flowers, it appears that April showers still prevail. We have endured weeks of rain in most parts of Ontario so far this spring. Although rain can be good for grass, trees, and newly planted gardens, it can be damaging to our homes. Each day on the news we hear of areas in states of emergency due to flooding and high waters. Many people have endured flooded basements. If you haven’t experienced flooding in your home, it is a good idea to check your basement for evidence of moisture. Wet basement repair in cities like Barrie may be essential to ensure that future problems don’t occur.
Moisture enters basements and crawl spaces through block walls, and this spring is no exception due to amount of rainfall.
Excess moisture is typically the number one enemy of wet basements. It can create all sorts of problems. Moisture causes dry rot, or decay, that weakens structural components. It also invites structure-damaging insects, such as termites and carpenter ants.
Wet basements cause metals to corrode, including valve handles, ducts, HVAC equipment, and tools. Stored paper goods and clothing can become mildewed and stained when the relative humidity rises about 70 percent. Moisture and wet basements can also create unhealthy conditions in your home. High relative humidity caused by a wet basement allows mould to release mould spores and cause respiratory problems, such as asthma and allergies. It also supports the existence of dust mites which is another allergen.
It is beneficial to combat potential wet basements in places like Barrie by using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air in a strong attempt to make your home mould and mildew free.