Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Tay Wright
We've all heard about the negative effects of wet basements, particularly mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew can cause a variety of health issues, including but not limited to breathing problems, allergies, headaches, and eye and nose irritation. They can also lead to dust mites, rot, and serious structural damage that decrease the value of your home and increase your expenses. Despite this, many New York homeowners continue to ignore basic signs of basement mold and mildew growth with the hope that, in time, it will just go away on its own.
If proper action isn't taken to prevent mold growth, it will continue to grow inside of a damp home. So what's the best way to stop mold growth in your basement? Contact a New York basement waterproofing contractor today! He or she can educate you on the basics of basement waterproofing, recommend ways to waterproof your basement (and keep it dry for years and years to come), and work within your budget to tailor a basement waterproofing plan for your home. Such basement waterproofing solutions may include:
Mold and mildew can grow in an environment with as low as 60% humidity. To lower your basement's humidity level, a NY basement waterproofing specialist can install a self-draining dehumidifier. A basement dehumidifier works to eliminate that musty, old smell that is associated with mold, and keep your basement dry and healthy year-round. The advantage of having a self-draining dehumidifier is that once you set it up, you can be assured that it will be running effectively and efficiently. There's no daily emptying of the collection tray or reconfiguring of settings. It's a fast, easy, and completely hassle-free way to eliminate basement mold and mildew growth.
Replacing leaky basement windows with eco-friendly, vinyl-framed windows is a great way to not only reduce leaks in your basement but also boost the appearance and overall value of your home! Replacing old, rotten, rusty, or decayed windows, may even incentivize you to upgrade the rest of your basement and turn it into a usable room such as a home theater, gym, or office!
One of the most effective basement waterproofing systems is a sump pump system with a battery backup pump. The battery is useful because if a heavy rain or snow storm causes you to lose power, the battery backup pump will continue to protect your basement from flooding by expelling water outside, where it belongs.
Whether you'd like for a NY basement contractor to install waterproof floor matting, tiles, or faux wood, waterproof flooring a great way to protect and re-invigorate the lower level of you home. Waterproof basement flooring is easy to install and wash, and will protect your basement from moisture damage for years.
Whatever your basement waterproofing needs are, a certified NY basement waterproofing specialist like Southern Tier Basement Systems can help. Any and all of the above mentioned basement waterproofing systems can eliminate mold and mildew growth, as well as protect your home from leaks or floods. So don't wait -- contact Southern Tier Basement Systems for expert basement waterproofing in Ithaca and its surrounding areas.