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How Does Moisture In the Basement Affect the Air Quality of Your Home?

Are you wondering why your basement smells bad? Where is that "musty smell" coming from? If yes, then you need to get to the bottom of problem before it leads to severe respiratory and health hazards. The unpleasant odor in the home is usually due to the moisture in the basement. Did you know that 40% of the air you inhale on the first floor comes from the basement?

How Moisture in the Basement Affects the Home's Air Quality

Humidity in the basement allows the growth of mold and mildew microorganisms. As these types of bacteria's continue to grow in your basement, they release and emit toxic particles that travel in the air and spread inside your home. The toxic particles emitted by the molds and mildew growing in the basement move upward to the first floor of your home and then furthermore. The contaminants present in the air make the air smell bad and excessive exposure to molds and mildew lead to allergies and respiratory problems including asthma, hay fever and other breathing problems.

Another health hazard that can be solved by our waterproofing system is the elimination of Radon gasses (Radioactive gasses occurring naturally under ground in some areas that can seep through cracks and joints in foundation walls and floor), Radon gasses can be sealed out with the use of our system. Call us today to help protect your family from Radon Gasses (a harmful carcinogenic) 978-808-7873.

Efflorescence Formation

Another sign of moist basement besides mold and mildew is efflorescence formation on the basement walls. Efflorescence is a whitish mineral deposit comprised of evaporated salts and minerals that form as the water leaks and passes out through the masonry or concrete.

Efflorescence formation is aggravated by the:

  1. Rate of water penetration
  2. Humidity in the air
  3. Mineral concentration

Common Causes of Moisture in the Basement

The common causes of moisture in the basement are

  • Seepage of water through the concrete
  • Poor water drainage
  • Cracks In the foundation

Untreated moisture problems not only pose great risks to your health but also deteriorate the concrete causing foundation walls to break down.

How do I Ensure Efflorescence Removal and Prevent Mold Growth?

For efflorescence removal, prevention of mold and mildew growth in the basement and improvement of the air quality in your home, you need to prevent the intrusion of water and control humidity in your basement. The best and the most cost-effective way to ensure this is to get all foundation cracks and joints sealed or have waterproof coatings applied by an experienced and expert basement contractor.