The Dangers of Water in Your Basement

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The Dangers of Water in Your Basement

If you have water in your basement, you have serious trouble.

When water pools in your basement because of heavy rains, foundation leaks, and clogged drains, it can create a dangerous situation.

Let’s review the damage that standing water can do in your basement.

Electrical Issues

If water is pooling near your electrical panel, in walls where electrical wiring is present, or beneath your appliances, a very dangerous situation exists. You may be at risk of electrical shock. Don’t try to deal with such conditions on your own.

You may need drain inspection and repair, and a look at how water is getting into your basement in the first place. Some foundation repair may be necessary. An interior French drain and sump pump may be called for. If electrical work is needed, D-Bug Waterproofing has the experienced staff to take care of the situation for you, all with one call.

Rotting Wood, Drywall, and More

Another problem with water in your basement is that the wood framing (sill plate) can be damaged and can rot, requiring incredibly expensive repairs to keep your entire home from being damaged.

Most basements today have wood that is designed to resist water, but if the problem isn’t taken care of, eventually water can wear away even treated wood. Other parts of your home will rot as well, like the drywall.

The only way to prevent this is to waterproof your basement and make sure your drains work properly.

If you are having trouble with standing water, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 1-855-381-1528. We’re ready to help. D-Bug Waterproofing can even help with clogged basement drains.

Promoting Mold and Mildew

Another unfortunate result of water in your basement is that mold and mildew can start to thrive. Some types of mold (like black mold) are actually toxic, but even other types of molds can cause health problems and make existing breathing problems, like asthma, worse.

Mold spores are never limited to your basement. They move throughout your entire home with rising air.

If you don’t get rid of the leaks, it’s likely that, even with mold remediation services, the mold will return. The root of the problem needs to be treated.

Thankfully, basement water damage can sometimes be covered by insurance, but ultimately, the best cure is prevention — getting your basement waterproofed is the best way to ensure you don’t have to deal with these problems in the first place.

Trust D-Bug with Your Basement Waterproofing

With over 75 years of waterproofing experience dealing with leaking basements in southwestern PA, we know what it takes to get the job done. To schedule your free inspection, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 1-855-381-1528.