How do you know when your basement is getting damp? Do you even need to bother about it?
The unexpected influx of water into your basement can damage walls and floors, destroy carpets, ruined furniture, generate mold and perhaps most disturbing of all – As these spaces are often used to store things, a damp basement can damage irreplaceable items such as photo albums, antiques, and family heirlooms.
In order not to run the risk of experiencing damage to your property, you need to be able to identify the signs of a damp basement and also know what to do when you notice such signs.
Signs of a Damp Basement
- Mold stains on the ceiling or on the corners of the walls
Mold can grow on the wall, the ceiling, under/around the toilet, or behind the bath or shower – any damp area in the house. A leaking toilet or pipes can also cause moisture problems. Excess moisture can cause black mold to grow, which, in turn, can cause serious building health problems.
You do not always have to see the mold before it affects you; it just has to be present somewhere.
- Smell or smell of moisture
The presence of a musty odor in basements, crawl spaces, entrances and garages can indicate the presence of mold and mildew.
Possible causes range from improper door/window closures, problems with construction sealing to areas with damp basements due to high groundwater seepage, which may be a natural occurrence in your particular location or due to improper installation of tiles that are laid in the house.
Every time there is a musty smell, there is mold somewhere and that is not healthy for anyone.
What you can do about a damp basement
The first time you see water collecting in the basement, you should immediately remove the water to prevent damage. The amount of water in your basement determines the measures necessary to remove moisture.
If you have less than ½ inch of water or just small puddles, use thick beach towels to absorb the water; However, if you have more than 1/2-inch of water or if the water is more dispersed, then you should use a water safety vacuum. Such vacuum cleaners are available at home improvement stores for rent or purchase.
Dehumidify the air
If you have random puddles around your basement or moisture in the walls, then it is possible for the excess moisture in the air or high humidity. This is common in areas of the country with high levels of humidity since the cold air in the basement causes condensation to occur.
To remove excess moisture from the air, set a dehumidifier in the center of the room. When buying a dehumidifier, make sure you are able to remove moisture from the air in a room as large as your basement. Measure the length and width of your basement and carry this information with you when buying the dehumidifier.
Check for mold
When checking for mold in a finished basement, check the walls, ceilings, and floor for signs of mildew. This is especially important if you have drywall on the ceiling or on the walls.
In an unfinished basement, inspect the back of the ladder and all exposed racks. If you notice stains on the floor, this is an indication that mold may be developing.
Eliminate mold spores
To remove mold without a professional, mix boric acid (1 cup), hydrogen peroxide (1 cup), 1 quart of water and white vinegar (½ liter) in a bowl. Shake the ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Be sure to wear protective glasses, masks, and gloves before applying the mixture to the mold. Spray the solution directly on the mold, allow the solution to dry for 15 minutes and repeat twice more.
When you notice signs of a wet or damp basement, it is best if you take action immediately. Delay in action can cause you to lose your home and it could cause health problems as well. To prevent such a bad event from happening, call +1 (347) 951-8756 today for any waterproofing or roofing need in Brooklyn, NY.