Small Basement Foundation Cracks Can Lead To Basement Water Damage

stock-photo-17128627-unfinished-basementThe small cracks in the foundation of your home may seem like just a minor nuisance, but even small amounts of water seepage can cause serious damage to your basement. That corner of the basement that always gets damp when it rains? There could be a lot more going on there than you’re aware of.
Repeated exposure to moisture that enters the home through small cracks in the foundation can cause a buildup of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can spread throughout the home through channels such as duct work before you even know it is there. Exposure to these spores can cause health issues from minor itching of the skin to severe respiratory issues.

Those small foundation cracks can also cause structural damage. Peeling paint is a small issue, but it can be an indication that something else is going on. Porous materials, such as paneling or drywall, can absorb and hold moisture which can cause warping and rotting. So those small cracks that didn’t seem to be a big deal are now causing damage to your basement that is not only lowering the monetary value of your home, but adversely affecting the health of your family and pets as well.

Your home is a major investment – possibly the largest investment you’ll ever make. You want to protect your investment and keep your family healthy. So what do you do if you suspect that water is entering the basement through small cracks in the foundation? The most important thing you should do is consult with a qualified professional. Small cracks in the foundation are a common problem and a professional waterproof company, can evaluate the structure and repair any small cracks before they can wreak havoc on the value of your home.

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