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Top 4 Reasons Why Living With A Wet Basement Can Cost You

Spring is here! The water levels are high across Middlesex, Huron and Perth counties this season. If your basement is going to get wet, spring is the most likely season to see it happen. A wet basement is more than a nuisance and isn’t something you should ignore. Whether you have finished your basement or it’s an unfinished storage space, a wet basement will affect the value and your enjoyment of the rest of your home.

Water can cause minor or extensive damage and pose a number of serious problems including health problems (mold), foundational issues (cracks and leaks), compromises structural components (flooring for higher levels, framing), as well as cosmetic damage (drywall, carpeting, etc.). Whether the water is causing problems from inside or outside your house, the experts at Best Plumbing and Drainage Contractors can help you solve your wet basement problems.

Here are four dangers of living with a wet basement:

1. Cosmetic Damage

You enjoy that nice refinished space in your basement. Even a small leak will damage drywall, flooring, framing, and carpets. The leak could be from outside, a rising water table or ground water flow around your foundation, a plumbing problem (backed up sewer), or it could be from faulty plumbing or an appliance on a higher floor.

Water will always take the path of least resistance, so before repairing the cosmetic damage, be sure to find the source of the water damage and fix that first.

2. Health Problems

There are some people who are very sensitive to molds and mildew and a wet basement commonly provides ideal growing conditions. Black mold is the type that causes the most serious health problems and scares homeowners, but other types of mold cause odor problems and will stain or discolour walls, flooring, and other parts of your basement. The bad smell in the basement (and the air pollutants causing the odour) will eventually spread throughout your home and not only is it unpleasant, it can affect the value of your home when you want to sell it.

Call an expert to determine what’s causing the mold and take care of that right away!

3. Foundational Problems

When the ground water around your home’s foundation doesn’t flow properly, or when the water table rises unexpectedly, water may find its way into your basement through leaks and cracks in walls, floors, or seams in the foundation.

When the foundation of your home is compromised, the stability of the entire structure is at risk. These small leaks and inconveniences can lead to serious problems and costly repairs. Water damage in the basement is the first thing prospective homeowners will look for and be scared off by.

4. Faulty Plumbing Or Appliances

Whether it's something blatantly noticeable, a toilet overflowing or a tap left running, or something more subtle such as a leaky pipe or faulty connection under your dishwasher, the worst water damage may be found in your basement.

You've fixed the problem, but now follow the damage right down to the basement. Has the water leaked behind the walls or into the insulation? Has the flooring under the leaky appliance been damaged or compromised? Don’t just cover up the problem, get rid of all the damaged material and replace it before you encourage bigger problems like mold.

Let the experts at Best Plumbing and Drainage Contractors help you find the source of the water problem and fix it right the first time. Whether you’re looking to install or service a sump pump or correct a drainage problem at the source, contact us for a free quote. We proudly serve all of Middlesex, Huron and Perth counties.

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At BEST Plumbing and Drainage Contractors, we feel it's important to help homeowners understand the role of the contractor and the various construction solutions available for each unique plumbing, wet basement repair and drainage issue. We are more than happy to consult with you and help navigate the process.

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