Some homeowners would neglect having their damp basement repaired on grounds that its but an unnecessary expense since they’re “not using it anyway”. It turns out, though, that this isn’t a very wise way to save. It has been found that water in basements do not only weaken the structure of a house’s foundation and diminishes its value, the organisms that thrive in it also pose serious dangers to health as harmful biological particulates, e.g. mold spores, mix with the indoor air.
Apart from those, damp basements also make for a very inviting gathering of the following:
Pests: Cockroaches and rats often invade neglected, wet basements. The allergens that come from their waste are known to trigger asthma.
Dust mites: Dust mites flourish in warm and moist places. Allergy caused by it results to stuffy nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and other symptoms of respiratory problems.
Bacteria: Bacteria usually grow on damp, organic materials like floor and wall boards. A certain species called iron bacteria is known to survive by oxidizing ferrous materials, like iron, dissolved by water. You’ll see this rusty slime around plumbing systems like toilet water tanks in your basement.
Mold: Mold spores feed on damp organic materials such as wood and carpet. Inhalation of such may lead to flu-like symptoms, respiratory illnesses and allergic reactions. One of the most dangerous is toxic black mold syndrome whose symptoms include hemorrhage, skin inflammation, nausea, weakened immune system, irritation of the mucous membranes, and even mental impairment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the young, old, and sick member of the family can suffer from the greater effects of indoor air pollution than outdoor. The American Lung Association further recommends source control to keep pollutants from the air. If your basement isn’t a stranger to water damage, then you can have it repaired through advanced Des Moines basement waterproofing technologies offered by companies like Better Basements.
One of these is the Water Trek Aqua Route System, which can be custom-fitted to your basement. It captures any water that may seep through the walls and those coming from both sides of your basement’s foundation footing. Couple that with Flexi Seal, a fiber-reinforced membrane, to permanently bar earth gases and other external moisture from entering your basement to further be assured that it remains dry.
If you already have a dry basement, or if you’re thinking of having it furnished after repair, don’t hesitate to further your basement’s rehabilitation with Des Moines basement finishing services. A finished basement does not only increase your home’s square footage for living space, it also increases your home’s financial value and boosts its marketability in case you do plan to sell it.
(Source: Four Reasons Why Your Damp House is Wrecking Your Health, Care2.com)