Moisture, Mold, Your Basement, and Your Health
You’ve probably heard the horror stories or seen news excerpts regarding health problems secondary to mold exposure. While most types of mold are relatively benign to humans, there are, however, a few problematic mold strains that pose significant health risks to people. These dangerous strains can cause asthma and other lung issues, skin problems, and eye irritation, just to name a few, and they may be secondary to inadequate basement waterproofing.
Without extensive training, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between harmful and harmless mold, so the best thing to do is prevent mold growth altogether, which can be difficult in a moist environment, such as a basement. That’s why basement waterproofing it is so important.
Warning Signs in the Basement
Because of its location beneath your home adjacent to surrounding underground soil, the basement is naturally more humid than other areas. Moisture seeps through the walls into the basement, creating an environment ripe for mold growth. So if you notice musty air, leaking water through basement walls, water condensation, or mold growth, it’s best to act quickly. First, the moisture will need to be removed. Then the basement will need water protection methods to prevent recurrence of moisture buildup.
Not only will basement waterproofing protect you home from foundation damage, it will prevent mold growth to protect your health. While there are numerous methods to prevent water from entering the basement, Ram Jack Wichita prefers to use “water management” due to its superiority in both limiting moisture while simultaneously protecting the foundation of your home. Rather than stop water from entering the walls, which may cause unwanted pressure to build up on the foundation, Ram Jack Wichita uses a closed loop system that pumps moisture out of the basement. It’s the perfect solution!
If you’ve noticed any of the warning signs spoken of above or just want to learn more about basement waterproofing, give Ram Jack Wichita a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions. We’ll even come take a look at your basement if you’d like.