It doesn’t matter if your home is 100 years old or recently finished, dampness in the basement can be an issue that affects all structures. Keeping your underground space clean and dry should be a priority for homeowners who want their homes to be as safe and comfortable as they can be. Wet basements can be a problem in a number of ways, and especially in Halifax. Any moisture will prevent the space from being usable as storage. If the water gets too high it can damage heating systems, electrical panels and any other equipment installed. It can also damage the foundation of the home, putting the entire structure at risk.
You may not think very often about the air quality in your basement, especially when you spend little to no time there. But basement air is circulated throughout your home. Whatever mould or mildew issues exist in the basement or crawl space under your home can have an effect on everyone who lives above. Mould and mildew can be detected by noting a musty, unpleasant odour that will not go away. This is especially true when you live in a climate that experiences a lot of snow and rain. The constant flow of water will make it impossible to ever dry out entirely. When this is coupled with warm spring and summer temperatures, mould and mildew thrive.
Basement waterproofing, completed by a professional, is the only wayto guarantee results. There are many methods that can be used to provide the most watertight environment possible. These processes can be performed outside the home, or take place inside if you live too close to neighbouring houses for an outside solution to be feasible.
Since the Halifax region is so wet for so much of the year, there are many ways to resolve any wet basement problems in the Valley. Some basements require only patching and repairing of the cracks and chips in the foundation. Outside, digging French drains or tunnels to channel water away from the home will improve conditions. Inside solutions include the installation of waterproof paneling to prevent the water seeping through walls to actually enter your basement. There are also drainage systems which direct water to floor drains or sump pump stations to prevent water from being able to stagnate or become a flooding hazard.
Other factors to consider when looking for solutions are the age and condition of the home, the amount of water coming inside the home and the amount of workable area outside. The only way to know what the best solution is would be to contact a Halifax-based basement-water proofing specialist to have an assessment performed.