When was the last time you examined your basement or crawl space to see if there were any cracks in the walls or foundation? If it’s been a while, you may be putting your health at risk. When a basement wall or foundation is cracked, it is now compromised, allowing water to seep in. Over time, the crack will get larger and larger, as the water erodes existing structures away. What once would have been a smaller job; now larger foundation repairs become costly and may require additional repair or remediation services. For example, the effects of long-term water seepage in a house can be devastating.
Over time, water accumulates more and more. No longer able to evaporate, water now remains on walls, floors, sheetrock, sub floors, joists and other surrounding areas. This can lead to the production of mold and mildew. Because ventilation systems may be located in close proximity, people living in the affected home may begin to smell a foul odor or have a persistent cough. Mold can also travel up walls, reaching from one level of a home to another.
Before this happens, it is wise to get an annual inspection of your foundation to know your family and pets are safe from any hazardous pollutants that result from compromised foundations. Such a small amount of time can save families from experiencing serious, mold-induced illnesses.