About Your Leaky Basement in Boston MA and Why You Should Worry
Your basement is valuable, flexible space. You can store clothing and old furniture there, create a winter play space for active children, or make it a hobby room hiding the clutter associated with creative people. The last thing you want to find is 2 inches of water soaking last winter’s dress pants or toy boats floating on a muddy basement pond. Once the water is pumped out and the room dries, you may discover cracked concrete. If your DIY skills do not include basement repair, your leaky basement in Boston MA could benefit from an expert’s attention.
Businesses like Drycrete Waterproofing specialize in fixing and waterproofing concrete. While they repair basements, they also fix cracks in swimming pools, driveways and patios.
Cracks might not be the only leaky areas in and around your home and a basement needn’t actually flood to cause problems. Your home’s air quality can suffer because excess moisture seeping through poorly sealed concrete can support mold growth throughout your home. Poor exterior drainage allows water to seep through poorly sealed concrete walls and floors and mold can cause illnesses and allergic reactions in otherwise healthy people. Some municipalities will not allow a home’s sale if the home needs mold abatement (removal).
Your licensed contractor will examine your basement and foundation, then discuss an estimate with you before starting your repairs.
Contractors may install better drainage systems with pumps featuring water alarms and battery back-up. While your contractor will need to excavate the concrete floor around the room’s perimeter, doing so avoids excavating your yard for access. After the new drainage system is installed, the newly cured concrete is sealed against moisture.
You have excess moisture if you notice condensation on walls or windows during the winter months, musty basement odors during the summer months, and/or rotting window frames. You might be tempted to wait, but doing so can allow mold to grow in your furnishings.
You might not feel it, but during winter, your home can trap between 400 and 2,000 gallons of moisture. If you have noticed your home feeling less like the fresh, inviting place you love and like a rainforest instead, consider looking around your basement for wet spots.