A wet basement is not only an eyesore, but it also has the potential to cause serious structural damage. Fixing structural issues to save your home from destruction can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Here, we’ll explain some of the dangers associated with wet basements.
- Rotted Wood: In many basements, there are wooden support structures, such as beams, sub-flooring and floor joists. A wet basement can cause this wood to rot, resulting in the inability of the joists and beams to support the weight of the walls and floor.
- Electrical Problems: Your home’s electrical system can be seriously compromised by standing water or moisture in the basement. Water can corrode heat pumps, air conditioners, circuit breaker boxes, water heaters, boilers, furnaces and other equipment that costs thousands of dollars to replace.
- Pest Infestations: Some pests, like carpenter ants and termites, need moisture in order to survive. If they are in your home, they can literally destroy the wood that supports it, even rendering it uninhabitable. Even if you have a termite warranty, it may be declared void due to the presence of excess moisture.
- Foundation Damage: A wet basement can cause foundation damage quickly. The walls can start bowing, and if they become significantly weak due to moisture or rot, the foundation may not be able to support your home.
At Dry Foundation Technologies in Asheville, NC, we offer basement waterproofing systems, foundation stabilization, and crawlspace moisture control systems. We look forward to helping you prevent the damaging effects of water on your property!