Wet Basements Dampen Your Home
September 3rd, 2019
A Wet basement in places like Barrie, Georgian Bay, Blue Mountain, Alliston, and Angus 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. Although we have had a relatively dry summer, heavy rainfalls can really create havoc in basements where water can seep through existing cracks. It is important to check the exterior of the home for any possible water sources that may be causing a leaky basement. As a homeowner, it is important to examine downspouts and be sure they are pointing away from the foundation in order to avoid seepage into the foundation. It’s also important to clear gutters of debris that may be leading to improper water runoff. Preventative measures like these can prevent wet basements.
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 a hot, humid summer, 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.
If your basement is essentially crack-free, mould-free, and well ventilated then a dehumidifier can be a homeowners best friend in the humidity of the summer in our Ontario homes.
However, dehumidifiers simply mask the problems that linger in our basements where problems already exist; dehumidifiers really are the masters of subterfuge. No matter how many hours a day you run and empty a dehumidifier, it does not have the power to fight existing mould and moisture damaged basements. If there is evidence of a wet basement in your home, then it is time to call an expert to fix the problem before things worsen.