Although basements and crawlspaces can provide a fantastic use, they are extremely vulnerable to water damage as they are located below soil level. As soil releases water, leaks can occur in the basement and even seepage through cracks.
In what we call ‘capillary action’, water can even rise in a narrow space which causes water to migrate through solid concrete.
When water gets into the basement itself, this brings a whole new world of trouble because paint can peel, mold can build, the structure can weaken, and termites have a passage of entry. If the natural gases are also making their way into the basement, this will also affect air-quality.
With all of this in mind, it is essential that all basements are waterproofed sufficiently. Both homeowners and inspectors can benefit from simple knowledge of what can be done to keep a basement safe and dry