What Problems Can Occur From a Leaking Basement Floor?

These are a few of the most common issues you might discover after water starts seeping through your basement floor cracks. 

Mold and Mildew

Whenever you have a significant amount of water or moisture, you’re going to also have mold and mildew. Mold grows most effectively in areas with around 70% relative humidity, although it can also grow at lower humidity if there’s standing water.

Mold and mildew invite a variety of ugly problems into your basement. Not only can it have health risks, but it also can lead to structural damage, especially if that mold grows on wooden floor joists.

If you have high levels of relative humidity in your basement caused by water coming up through the cracks in your basement floor, you’re almost certainly going to end up with mold and mildew. It’s important to tackle it as soon as possible so you can avoid that. 

Insects and Rodents

Once you have mold and mildew, what’s next? Unfortunately, the answer is often insects and rodents. That’s because many insects feed on the mildew, and when those insects come, rodents are more likely to try and find their way in.

This problem just compounds. When you have these pests, you’ll find additional problems, usually relating to their cleanliness or lack thereof.

If you stop your problems before this point, you can often avoid the presence of insects and rodents altogether. It’s not something that inevitably will happen when you start seeing water seeping through basement floor cracks; it is a sign you need to get in touch with a professional. 

Uncomfortable Living Space

As the water in the basement starts to evaporate, it’ll turn into humidity. Although that humidity can have negative impacts on the basement, it won’t just stay in the lower areas of your home. Through a physics concept called the “stack effect,” it’ll rise into the rest of the house.

High humidity makes people uncomfortable. That’s especially true in areas with higher heat because warmer air can hold more humidity than cooler air.

Unfortunately, this discomfort is typically unavoidable if you do have basement floor cracks and seeping water. Your best bet to avoid the discomfort is to get the actual problem fixed so you no longer have these high levels of humidity. 

High Electric Bills

When the humid air starts circulating through your home, you’re probably going to start seeing higher electric bills as a result of this humidity. In fact, humidity is a direct attribute to higher bills and might have been something you didn’t notice before.

Humid air requires more conditioning than dry air. As the air in your home gets more humid, you’re going to need to put in more air conditioning to guard against that humidity. That means, of course, higher electric bills.

This is one of the reasons you should pursue fixing leaking basement floor cracks as soon as possible. It may cost you money at the outset, but that money can pay dividends each month as you save on your electric bills. 

Severe Structural Problems

One thing you’ll notice regularly if your basement floor starts leaking is that the problems won’t just end with humidity. Especially if it gets into the inner workings of your home, you also could start seeing much more worrisome structural issues.

Mold, mildew, insects, and humidity all eat away at the structure of your home. That means when you have these problems, you’re inevitably going to have structural concerns.

There are many reasons for severe structural problems, and basement moisture is just one potential reason for it. However, it’s a good argument for getting your basement floor cracks looked at as soon as possible. 

Lowered Home Value

At the end of all of this, what do you have to show for it? Unfortunately, one thing you’ll see is a lower home value overall. Homes with severe structural damage, mold, mildew and basement cracks are simply worth less than homes without these issues.

If you even want to get back up to a baseline, much less actually increase your home value, you’ll need to invest in fixing serious problems. That’s a losing proposition for many people who let these basement floor cracks go for too long.

Instead of waiting until your home’s value is lowered, you should instead tackle your problems head-on. It’s important to fix the cracks in your basement as soon as possible so you don’t run into this ongoing problem.

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