It is important to the health of your family that your basement is kept dry and the air quality at safe levels. Doing so can help preserve the structural integrity of your home and prevent additional problems.
Water enters the basement environment in a variety of ways; over the top of the foundation, through the cove joint (where the wall and floor meet), through leaking wall or floor cracks, through basement windows, through above grade issues like windows and siding, or plumbing issues.
Moisture can cause expensive damage, including rotting of support beams and floor joists. This decaying wood doesn't just endanger the home's structural integrity, but it can also be very attractive to unwanted pests, including termites and roaches. Furthermore, moisture in this area of the home can lead to growth of dangerous mold or mildew. This is a fungus that can grow on walls, floors, or ceilings, and it can make the home “like a basement”, which could lead to a variety of serious health problems. These issues can be avoided by making sure that an effective waterproofing system is installed to help keep it moisture-free.