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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 by Emily Dowling
Many homeowners that experience problems with water might shut the door and think, “I never go down there, so why should I care?”
Moisture in the basement of your home can cause an array of problems, some more obvious than others. Since warm air rises, your musty basement air is traveling into the upper levels of your home.
If you do not address the moisture in your basement or crawl space, you’re putting you and your family members at risk and negatively affecting the rest of your house with poor air quality.
Here are 5 negative effects that a damp basement can cause to your house.
Mold attaches itself to any materials that was once living, like wood, and breaks them down. These materials, called organic materials, are all over the contents of our homes. We can not control the break down of the materials, but we can control the moisture in our homes.
2. Increased Heating/Cooling bills
Vented basements or crawl spaces allow cold outside air and hot, humid air to rush into your home. Your heating and cooling units will have to work harder to regulate the temperature in your home.
3. Asthma and Allergies
Dust mites, mold and other allergens thrive in damp and musty environments. Since basement air rises into your upper levels, you could be irritating your family's and guests' asthma and allergies. Prolonged exposure to mold could even cause asthma for those that have never had it before.
4. Ruined floors/carpets
Water in the air can damage hard wood floors causing them to rot and buckle. Carpets will trap the mold and moisture, keeping them damp and allowing the allergens to thrive.
5. Ruins your furniture and personal items
Flooding is not the only issue that will ruin your basement. Moisture in the air can spread mold and mildew to your personal items. This means items such as photos, family keepsakes, and storage boxes could get damaged.
Your home is your biggest investment, and you want to take care of it in the best way possible.
Addressing the issue as soon as possible will keep these nasty and negative effects away from your home. More importantly, it will leave you with peace of mind knowing that you've improved your family's quality of life.