In general we try not to spend a great deal of time in our basements. They’re often simply used as an area for storage and perhaps laundry, and entertainment. Because we typically spend such little time in our basements, it’s sometimes easy for problems like leaking to develop there without our knowledge. Unfortunately, if there is excess water entering your basement, the consequences can be fairly severe. First of all, much of what you have stored in the area will likely be damaged, or even destroyed. Obviously, books or any other items made largely out of paper will not do well in such an environment. Neither will items made out of fabric. In fact, the excess moisture will likely soak into them, imbuing them with an unfortunate odor which will be very difficult to remove. In fact, your entire basement will likely be blanketed in such an odor, one which will soon permeate through your entire home. Excessive moisture can also lead to the growth of moss and mold, some of which can be potentially hazardous to your health. Finally, it can make your basement an ideal breeding ground for insects and other pests.
Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem: just call Twin Oaks. Describe your particular situation to us and after a brief but thorough examination period we’ll come up with a custom solution to meet every one of your needs. This solution will be founded upon a number of factors. Here are just a few of them:
- Your Sump Pump: Do you have a sump pump in your basement? If so, how often does it run? Is it running almost constantly, indicating a steady leak, or just occasionally, indicating irregular leakage? Either one likely may indicate that there’s a problem with your home’s foundation, which is an issue that should certainly be addressed sooner rather than later.
- Daylight Exit Systems: Is your sump pump connected to a daylight exit system? Is the water being dumped a suitable distance from your home, say into a storm sewer or a pond, or is your system just dumping the water right back into your yard? If the latter is true you might be experiencing an unfortunate cycle which cannot end without some type of correction, either a reconfiguring of your system or a shift in your yard’s landscaping.
- When it Leaks: How often does leakage occur? Generally, if there is a leak there will be a number of telltale signs, including puddles of water on the floor and water damage to boxes and other items in the room. Does your basement only leak when there’s a heavy rain? Does it leak regardless of the weather, such as when there’s been no rain at all for a good while? Does it only leak during particular seasons or under certain conditions?
- Your Landscaping: Sometimes leaking can occur because of the way your yard is laid out. Does your yard slop towards your home or away from it? Do you have a buffer, a landscape bed to halt the progress of water towards your home? Do you have trees on your property? Where are they located? Do your downspouts dump water back into your yard or elsewhere?
Regardless of why your basement might be leaking, Twin Oaks can help with a custom solution to meet your every need. Simply contact us to begin the process today.