There are many basements operating as living space for the home dwellers. If there is any water drainage nuisance that can lead to embarrassing situations in the basement affecting the wellbeing of the family and filling the house with a musty smell. The leaky basement can ruin carpeting, drywall, and framing.
Even if you don’t utilize the basement as a living space and rather prefer using it as a storage room, then all the stored material can get ruined or infested with fungus due to the wetness. The hardwood flooring can be ruined and harmful mold and mildew can develop in the basement.
It is not something that is specific to your house though as the American Society of Home Inspectors states that more than 60 percent of U.S. homes have wet basements while 38 percent of them run the risk of basement mold.
Rainfall and melting snow are one of the major causes of the water in the basement. To top it all the construction is poor and very few pay attention to this future problem when constructing the base area in their homes. When in reality even a small storm can trigger a deluge. The rising groundwater is the problem in tough cases.
Once water gets accumulated due to some reason in and around the foundation then it invariably makes its way inside through cracks, joints, and porous material. It is best to keep an eye on the walls and floors of the basement and place a call to an expert as soon as you see the first sign of trouble.
You should also make sure the basement is airy and has ample light so that it is ventilated and dry most of the time. When hiring a pro to make your basement waterproof it may cost you from a few hundred dollars to many thousands depending on how grave the problem is. Most of the problems can be solved yourself easily if you detect the wetness problem at the start.