For now, let's focus on the basement.
This time of year, humidity and rain team up to push their way into your basement. This usually manifests itself in the form of dampness.
How do you know if you have a damp basement? If you do, you'll see:
- Water and moisture stains on the walls and floor of the cellar
- White Streaks on the walls
- "Sweat" on the walls and floor, especially in the spring and summer
- Mold and mildew on the walls (or anywhere else in the basement)
Why is dampness bad?
If you see these signs, you have several problems, including mold and mildew growth, possible structural problems on the inside and outside walls, and the potential for full blown flooding when it rains. Water will get inside your walls and eat away at the cement and cinder block. So, that little bit of moisture you saw is showing you that there is much more water inside the walls and it will cause cracks and leaks. These are expensive fixes.
How Do You Fix The Problem?
First, if you see these warning signs, have your home inspected for mold (not just in the basement, but in the entire home). Have a professional come and give you an idea of what it will take to fix the moisture problem. This will almost always include the installation of a high quality dehumidifier. It will also involve having the basement waterproofed as this is the only way that the walls will repel water and not allow dampness and moisture to take hold, along with mold and mildew.
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Now that you know a little bit more about the problem, why not take the next step and get it checked out? Catching problems such as dampness in your basement (or others areas of your home) at the first sign, can prevent even bigger problems down the road. Let the professionals here at Crawford Home Improvements give you the peace of mind you deserve. Give us a call today!
3810 Clemmons Road
Clemmons, North Carolina 27012