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Leaky Basement FAQs

Q: Why does my home have a wet basement?

A: Basement moisture is usually caused from cracks along the foundation or an improper drainage system. Foundation cracksact as an entry way for water getting into your home's basement. Water always seeks the path of least resistance and this means that water is very likely to enter through these foundation cracks.

If left untreated, basement moisture can begin causing damage to both your basement walls and your basement floor.

Q: What will happen if I don't get rid of basement moisture?

A: If you don't have a basement waterproofing system installed at your home, the moisture that collects will eventually begin to cause your basement walls and floors to deteriorate. Also, excessive basement moisture can lead to the growth of mold and mildew which is unsafe for your family to be breathing in daily.

Q: Why does my wet basement also have a mold problem when it rains?

A: A basement that has a water seepage problem probably also has water which is collecting in pools and laying stagnant in portions of your basement. If left untreated, this humid and wet atmosphere is great for the development of mold and mildew.

Q: What can a leaky basement do to my home's air quality?

A: A leaky basement can lead to the development of mold. Scientific studies have indicated that nearly half of the air in your home comes from your basement area. This means that most of the air you breathe in has mold spores in it which can cause unwanted health problems for your family members.

You may experience the following health problems:

  • Headaches
  • Fevers
  • Chills
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Respiratory problems

Foundation Repair FAQs

Q: What causes foundation cracks?

A: Foundation cracks can be a result of soil settlement or hydrostatic pressure. Soil settlement is typically situated in soils which have high clay contents. Clay soil shifts and moves about often, especially when it's infiltrated with moisture. This causes the soil to move about and create voids between the soil and the base of the foundation. The foundation isn't able to support all the weight on its own without anything underneath it, and this causes the foundation to crack.

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure involved with soil moisture pressing against the foundation. Without proper yard drainage systems, the pressure is continuously being placed on the foundation and it eventually cracks.

Q: If I don't repair my foundation, what could happen?

A: If you don't repair your foundation, water will eventually seep in and cause your crawl space or basement to start getting damp and moisture-filled. This causes an assortment of additional problems for the structural integrity of your home.

Q: Is it necessary to get small foundation cracks repaired?

A: Yes, you should treat all foundation cracks the same no matter how big or small they may be. Over time, small cracks can become much larger if left untreated and larger cracks will allow in a lot of water seepage which will damage your basement or crawl space.

Q: Is foundation repair expensive?

A: Anchored Walls' foundation repair services are based on each individual job done. So, depending on the size of your repair, you will be charged differently. For more information about getting an estimate, please call us at 888-662-3363.

Crawl Space FAQ

Q: What causes crawl space moisture?

A: Crawl space moisture comes from water seepage, improper yard drainage systems, soil settlement, and condensation. Regardless of whether your crawl space is dirt, concrete, vented, or unconditioned, these lower areas underneath the home tend to endure the most damage due to the many changes in weather conditions and the high temperatures and humidity levels. Humidity and moisture easily travel through through your crawl space and can begin to infiltrate the structure of your home.

Damp or wet crawl spaces are perfect homes for insects, rodents and other critters, but this area underneath your home can be extremely unhealthy, destructive, and dangerous. Your wet crawl space can also act as a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. Mold spreads easily throughout your home when it begins in your crawl space. Mold, as well as wood rot, can negatively affect your home's indoor air quality as well. That's why it's important to take care of crawl space moisture problems as soon as you notice them.

Q: Why is there mold in my crawl space?

A: Mold is a result of excessive moisture in the crawl space area of your home. It's very important that you take care of a moldy crawl space problem as soon as you notice that something is wrong. If left untreated, mold can cause a number of problems for the structural integrity of your home, as well as your family's health.

Q: How can I prevent damage to the structure of my home?

A: Moisture is one of the biggest enemies your crawl space will ever have. If you have a crawl space without a vapor barrier system in place, chances are you have a moisture problem. Over time, this excessive moisture can cause the wood structure holding your home's weight to begin rotting. Naturally, if left permanently untreated, your home may become dangerous to live in.

Excessive crawl space moisture can also cause:

  • Bug and rodent infestations
  • Mold growth
  • Dry rot
  • Musty crawl space odors

Q: Is my crawl space really able to affect my home's air quality?

A: The crawl space has an integral role towards a home's overall indoor air quality. Many homeowners don't think twice about their crawl space unless it starts leaking or growing mold. Research shows that nearly 50% of the air in your home has circulated up from your crawl space. This means that if you have a moldy crawl space, you're breathing in air containing mold spores. Mold can cause allergies, fevers, headaches, flu-like symptoms, and a variety of other health issues.