Health Hazards of Flooded Basements

A wet basement can cause serious damage to your home's structural integrity, but this is only the beginning. When moist air is trapped in your house, the mold spores it carries increase significantly. Mold is a major culprit in triggering allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues. In addition to being a health hazard, a damp basement can erode surfaces and circuit boards and get rusted if exposed to moisture for an extended period of time. You waste both time and money by allowing a damp home to remain unchecked

 in the long run.

This post will discuss a few reasons why your damp houses are ruining your family's health.

Bacteria

It's a dirty problem. Basements with moisture levels higher than 50% can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that lead to infection and mold. As you probably know, this problem is entirely preventable with the right underdrain system – flooded basement equipment absorbs excess water from your basement floor to keep moisture levels as low as possible.

Molds

Mold can make you sick in many ways. One of the most common is called 'allergic fungal sinusitis. Exposure can cause coughing, sneezing, itchy red eyes, congestion, watery eyes, and even nasal polyps or nasal cancer if you are allergic to mold. Long-term mold exposure can also lead to chronic sinusitis, asthma, or allergies.

Dust mites

If you live in a damp basement, you're likely dealing with a few unwelcome guests: dust mites. These bugs thrive in warm environments and find your damp basement to be the perfect home. They will eat any debris that is lying around, such as mold and mildew. The byproduct of that is you experience sneezing, coughing, runny nose/eyes, and asthma attacks. To manage these bugs, seal off your basement or put in some high-powered ventilation systems to drop the humidity in your home.

 

Waterproofing is one of the most important aspects of basements. Without it, you'll find yourself dealing with more than just an ugly-looking basement. A wet basement can attract mice, cockroaches, spiders, snakes, and ants that probably wouldn't be excellent house guests.

 

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