Q: What are the signs of a wet basement?
A: Any of the following are indicators of moisture in your basement:
- Musty odor
- Rust on metal objects, such as appliances
- Rapid growth of mildew or mold
- Damp spots on the floors or wall
- Dry rot of items in the basement
- Visible cracks in the floor or walls
- Presence of a white, chalky substance on the walls
- Bubbling wallpaper or peeling paint
Q: What causes a wet or damp basement?
A: Moisture can come into your basement through cracks in either the floor, walls, or even in the spaces around the foundation or masonry. Leaky plumbing can also introduce water to your basement.
Q: Why is having a dry basement important?
A: Moisture breeds mold, mildew and other health hazards. It causes deterioration of any items in your basement and can ultimately degrade the structure of your home. Having a dry basement is essential to preserve your home and even the health of your family.
Q: What is a crawlspace encapsulation?
A: Crawlspace encapsulation is the process of wrapping every part of a crawlspace with a moisture barrier, including the walls of the foundation, as well as foundation piers and the ground.
Q: What is a moisture barrier?
A: A moisture barrier, also known as a vapor barrier, is a piece of sheeting that is used to prevent moisture that may be in your crawlspace from moving into your home.