A damp basement is so much more than a nuisance. It can lead to mold growth, damage your home's foundation, and cause a foul odor to waft throughout your home.
In fact, damp basements are such a problem that the average moisture issue costs $2,588 to repair. And that's not even factoring in damaged property!
If you're concerned about your damp basement, take these five steps to prevent further damage.
The first step to getting a wet basement back to normal is to identify any and all sources of moisture.
Often, this is pretty simple, but close inspection is a necessity.
If the source comes from a leak, for instance, you'll likely hear a slow dripping or pinging sound.
If you don't hear signs of a leak, instead closely examine your walls for water stains. Damp basement walls often contain dark brown splotches.
Finally, pay attention to how your floor reacts to pressure. If you have carpet, the presence of moisture will be easy enough to detect. If you have hardwood, however, look for signs of sagging or bubbles of moisture trapped within your floor.
Once you've identified the source of moisture, it's time to begin the basic repair process.
One of the easiest ways to protect your home from further damage is by patching up leaky pipes. While you'll want to call a professional for a replacement, a thick duct tape will suffice for now.
It's also wise to insulate your pipes -- even if you don't notice signs of a leak. During winter, your pipes may freeze and burst, leading to further damage.
Insulating small pipes is as simple as it gets, fortunately. Pick up some foam insulation from your local hardware store, then wrap it around your pipes before taping it up.
Next, it's time to remove excess condensation and moisture from your basement. Aside from repairs, this is where the majority of your expenses will come from.
Still, renting a dehumidifier for your basement can help you breathe better while removing any moisture still in the air.
For water on the ground, rent an industrial fan. These powerful tools take the work out of water removal. Simply power them up and wait.
Wet basements have some of the most welcoming conditions for mold growth. It only takes humidity levels of 50% or more to facilitate the growth of harmful bacteria.
And make no mistake, mold can be quite dangerous -- and even deadly depending on the type of mold.
Don't wait, look for mold at the first available opportunity.
If you're concerned about the quality of your air or notice massive patches of mold, call in an expert. Air quality professionals can identify and remove harmful molds.
Aside from helping remove harmful mold, a professional can help you waterproof your basement which can prevent further damage in the future.
The musty scent of a dank, damp basement can strike fear in the heart of even the most seasoned DIY residents.
If you notice signs of moisture, be sure to follow this guide and call the experts at Fresh Air Technologies.
Get in touch today for a free inspection and breathe just a bit easier.