If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, then keeping moisture out of your basement area is a must. If you are living in Ottawa, then water in the basement is likely and if you spot an issue in your basement, it is time to call in a professional to assess the condition of the area. In Ottawa there is a lot of moisture because it is a on the coast and it is located in the Northern part of the country where longer winter seasons are experienced. All of the latter factors contribute to issues with basements and water. Thankfully, the issue at hand is easily resolved, and sometimes for little expense. So, call the professioanl plumbers to waterproof the basement and reduce the risk of basement flooding.
How Is Water Getting Into The Basement Of Your Home?
Since you are living in an area that is cooler than most and the winters tend to linger, once the ground warms up it still remains cool inside the basement of the home. With air warmer above than the air is below, it contributes to a higher humidity, which, in turn, creates condensation inside the basement. The wet, damp area can then contribute to the onset of mold growth and mildew, both of which can prove hazardous to your health.
If you have a rim joist that is unsealed, this is another path for water to get inside the basement. The joist creates a barrier that rests between the home’s interior and the exterior, and it simultaneously covers the edging of your above and below ground floors. Over the course of time, it is possible for gaps to develop as homes settle and then later shift. This can also happen when there are issues with erosion of the soil around the home. In addition, with similar issues related to pressure, temperature, and soil, it is entirely possible you will witness cracks forming in the foundation of the location.
If your home is a decade or more in terms of age, this is the time when it really begins to settle and is prone to developing cracks in the foundation walls and underpinnings. As the seasons cycle, cracks can grow even larger, and if you have any ground water around the perimeter of the home not being directed away it can seep right into the basement area.