9 of the Most Common Basement Problems (and How You Can Fix Them)

basementIf you’re a homeowner and have a basement, you probably have run into a problem or two firsthand in the lower level of your home. Whether it’s an unfinished placed used as storage or it’s a finished area that is used as a family area, problems can always arise when it comes to basements, ranging from minor issues to glaring problems.

Luckily, there are ways to fix all basement problems, big and small! Read on to learn about the most common issues that happen with basements and what you can do to fix or prevent them!

There’s Mold and Mildew – If this is you, don’t fret! This is actually the most common issue of all when it comes to basements. Keeping your basement mold-free is essential, especially because breathing in moldy air can cause headaches, breathing problems, allergic reactions, and more. Prevent mold and mildew from happening by keeping a trusty dehumidifier in the basement – this will help wick away the moisture in the air.

The Walls Are Caving In – Well, okay, the walls are more likely bowing, not caving in. When cracks go without being fixed, walls can start buckling or bowing. The best fix for this is to employ a wall anchor system for your walls to stay sturdy.

The Floors are Sinking – Have you been noticing that your floor is dipping or sinking over time? This can happen when the soil underneath the floor starts to erode, thanks to water. Unfortunately, this leaves little support for your home’s foundation. Let the professionals come out and handle this issue for you to keep your house standing strong for years to come!

The Sump Pump Failed – You know your sump pump is out of commission when water backs up (which can cause flooding in the basement). The best way to stop your sump pump from failing is to have a professional provide regular checkups to make sure that it’s still functioning properly – otherwise, you could have a real mess on your hands!

There Are Cracks Everywhere! Your basement takes a beating sometimes. When the soil outside absorbs a great deal of rainwater, the ground will expand. This puts a lot of pressure on your foundation’s walls, which can then create cracks in the walls. Don’t leave these cracks alone! Get them filled in to help keep your foundation strong.

The Basement Is Leaking – Speaking of water and cracks, if those cracks in your basement’s walls aren’t taken care of, you could have some wall leaks to deal with. Water can enter your basement and cause a lot of other problems if this is left unattended. Just get those cracks filled in, and you should have nothing to worry about!

The Basement Has Flooded – There are several causes to basement flooding including backed up drainage, bad leaks, or pipes bursting. Whatever the reason, your basement will need to be dried once you remove the water, and the issue will need to be fixed as soon as possible. Remember, a wet basement can lead to a host of other issues!

What’s That Smell? Basements can (but shouldn’t) have, well, interesting smells. When it becomes humid, it’s quite easy for odors to develop. The usual culprits to this usually include mold, rot, or dust mites. This is pretty easy to fix, though! Just get a trusty dehumidifier and air out your basement to get rid of that odor.

It Looks Just Terrible – Basements can look pretty creepy, but they don’t need to get that way! Water can wreak havoc on finished and unfinished basements – the floors get nasty, walls can get chipped and cracked, and the whole space can start to smell. If you seal any entry points so that water stays out, the problem can pretty much be prevented before it can even start!

So what’s the best way to make sure your basement never faces these problems? Take good care of it. Make sure that your systems get regular checkups from the professionals, keep a dehumidifier down there, and make sure that water never gets in (and if it does, take care of it ASAP). A clean and dry basement means a safe and healthy environment for many years!

If you’re in the hunt for a place to call your own (with or without the basement), we’re the experts for you! Call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started! You can even go online and check out all of our current listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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