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Ninety-eight percent of basements will experience water damage at some point according to Basement Guides. While a little bit of basement moisture may not seem like a big deal, it can quickly turn into a big problem for your home. It can attack your home’s foundation, grow mold in your basement, damage your belongings, and increase your utility bills.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure your basement is ready to combat moisture. Here is what causes basement moisture and how to fight it.

1. Cracks in Your Basement

One of the first signs to look for when dealing with basement moisture is cracks. Even if a crack doesn’t look big enough for water to trickle in, it provides moisture from the outside a direct route into your basement. If left unchecked, it can result in mold or mildew growth in just a few days. A proper sealing agent or waterproofing service can solve those issues quickly.

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2. Leaky Pipes

If you suspect that your pipes have a leak, it’s likely that water is dripping into your basement. Leaky pipes will not only damage your basement over time, but they will also increase your water bill.

3. Unsealed Windows

Over time, window seals will lose their effectiveness, allowing outside air to get in. During the summer months, the humid air will bring in condensation and moisture into your basement. Unsealed windows will also let cold air get through in the winter-time, increasing your energy bill.

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4. Excessive Rain

There are some things that you can never predict, and Mother Nature is one of them. Heavy rains can overwhelm your home’s sump pump system. When this happens, water can easily seep in, as there is nowhere else for it to go. If you live in a floodplain, be sure to replace your sump pump every 10 years.

5. Lack of Waterproofing

You’d be surprised how many basements are unfinished. With nothing but concrete separating your basement from the outside, you’re just asking for water to flow right in. While waterproofing solutions can be relatively costly, the amount you’ll save from basement repairs and utility bills will eventually pay for itself.

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6. Foundation Cracks

It goes without saying that any problems with your foundation will affect the rest of your home, and that goes double for your basement. Cracks or weaknesses in your foundation will bring moisture in your basement as well as the structure of your home. When dealing with your foundation, it’s crucial to get a professional in your corner to handle it.

If you’re experiencing any significant issues in your basement, then call us today at 877-264-9050 or shoot us a message and get a free consultation!