3 Reasons Why You Need To Address That Leak In Your Basement Right Away

Posted on: 29 January 2016

If you have a leak in your basement, you need to address and take care of that leak right away. If you let a leak sit persist in your basement, it can have serious consequences. Here are three reasons why you need to address that leak in your basement with the help of a foundation repair specialist right away and not delay until a later day. 

#1 Foundation Damage

One of the biggest consequences of not addressing a leak in your basement is that it can cause damage to your foundation if left alone. As your ceiling or walls continue to allow water into your basement, the water will eventually seep through your walls and into the foundation of your basement. 

Over time, that little leak can degrade your foundation and cause it to become uneven and unstable. Then, instead of just having a small leak to deal with, you will need to hire a contractor to fix your now damaged foundation as well. 

#2 Increased Humidity

The second reason you should address that leak right away is that a leak in your basement will increase the humidity level in the area. As the water from the leak slowly evaporates, it has to go somewhere. Generally, all that water will evaporate over time and become moisture, or humidity, in the air. 

Depending on how much water is leaking into your basement, this could dramatically increase the humidity level in your entire house. If you have an HVAC system that is designed to regulate the humidity levels in the air, your HVAC system will be forced to work harder when you have a leak in your basement and increased humidity inside of your house. Having to work harder to remove this excess humidity could stress out your HVAC system and increase the amount of energy that your HVAC system uses. 

#3 Mold 

Another consequence of water leaking into your basement is the potential for mold to grow. Even though you can't see them, mold spores are everywhere. They are just waiting for the right conditions to present themselves so that they can start to grow.

If you have moisture in your basement, and your basement is warm enough, the dormant mold spores in your basement will start to grow. Mold can grow on most surfaces you'll find your basement, such as wood, drywall and carpeting. 

When mold starts to grow in your basement, you will have two problems you have to deal with - the leak and controlling the mold. Often times, you'll have to remove the material that was infected with the mold, which can be time consuming and expensive. 

If you have a leak in your basement, you need to determine where the leak is coming from and do everything you can to address the situation as soon as you notice it. If you can't figure out where it is coming from, call in a contractor to address the situation for you. Even a small leak to can lead to big problems down the road if left alone, such as foundation issues, rising humidity levels and mold.