Moisture and dampness in basements are obvious signs that there's a problem that needs to be corrected with waterproofing techniques. However, sometimes the signs aren't so obvious. It all comes down to science and how water causes various things to happen when it penetrates through the concrete of your foundation walls. Here are a few not-so-obvious signs that your basement needs waterproofing.
Two Not-So-Obvious Signs
Here are two signs that you need to take measures to waterproof your basement.
If you like to do crafts and create things, then you may be in need of a better area to do these things. If you are like many people, you may have started out spreading a piece of plastic on your garage floor and using that area to take care of projects that include sanding, painting and other preparation. When you become more serious about your crafts, you will of course want to make sure you have a more serious space to do them in.
Kitchen fires are scary, dangerous, and damaging. It's true that you can sometimes stop them before they take hold, but you're likely to still have smoke damage that will need to be professionally dealt with. You'll have to catch the igniting fire very early on in order to prevent this. If you're in the kitchen when the fire starts, you're in the danger zone but you also have a chance to halt the damage.
A basement inside of a home allows those who need to store belongings a place to put everything. Adults who inherit a home as part of their parents' estate may find the property is filled with rare, valuable, and sentimental belongings. Storing things in the basement comes with no costs -- a better deal than paying $200 at a self-storage facility. A basement should be safe, but problems do exist with older homes.
Mold and mildew are often lumped together because most everyone associates mold and mildew with rot. However, mold and mildew are structurally different, and they need to be removed in very different ways. Unless you are allergic to mildew, it is the easier of the two substances to remove. Here are three reasons why it is easier to remove.
Mildew Dies When There Is No Heat AND Moisture Available
Undoubtedly, you have seen the mildew on your shower curtain and understand that mildew collects where it is wet.