Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Danielle Jauregui


Basements can provide additional space for living and storage, making them a great asset for many homeowners. That being said, the additional space can come with additional issues. For the sake of your family’s health, it is important to be aware of the risks that dwell in your basement.

1.    Mold, Fungus and Rot

Mold is most attracted to processed organic fibers – like the wood your home was built with. Humidity and condensation in a basement or crawl space is a recipe for disaster. Excess moisture leads to mold growth, wood rot, and foul odors, causing issues for your home's health, air quality, and value.

2.    Groundwater Leakage

You may need water to live – but not in your basement. Basements that leak after rainfall or plumbing issues need to have a sump pump installed to remove the standing water in the area. If you don’t check for leaks, you could be exposing your home to mold and wood-rotting problems in the future.

3.    Improper Crawl Space Ventilation

Poor ventilation in basements and crawl spaces can cause musty smells and sometimes even respiratory problems for those living in the home. Crawl spaces with outside ventilation bring summer humidity and chilly winter air into your home, leading to underlying mold damage and rot. Improper ventilation in your basement or crawl space can also create water damage in your foundation. If you enter these areas and notice stuffy air, your health and home could be at risk.

4.    Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic, parasitic organisms that live in your carpeting, bedding and furniture. You can’t see them, but they are lurking in your home. Dust mites are the number one cause of indoor allergen reactions for people who suffer from asthma. These critters absorb water out of the air and thrive in humid environments. The best way to combat dust mites is to dry up your wet basement once and for all.

5.    Radon

Even though you cannot see, smell or taste radon, it may be a problem in your home. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has become the second-leading cause of lung cancer – second only to cigarette smoke. The radon gas enters the home through the soil beneath the home’s foundation. Radon levels can only be detected through proper testing.

Whether you have water in your basement or need a radon test performed, the design specialists at Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems will inspect your home for FREE and provide a FREE ESTIMATE for the permanent solution your home is asking for. Call 1-720-487-9568 today to schedule your free consultation.