So why exactly is basement drainage so important? Well, first and foremost, a basement that does not properly drain will compromise the integrity of your entire home. Consider this: your basement walls serve as the foundation for your home. That means they are responsible for supporting the thousands of pounds that rest above ground-your walls, floors, roofing-everything. Having said this, it is absolutely essential that your basement walls be in tip top shape so they can do their job.
And if you do not have a good system in place for water drainage, you can count on these basement walls to weaken, or even fail in the most serious of cases. Why? Because water can build up against basement walls, resulting in unnecessary pressure that will cause the walls to bow, crack, and even collapse.
Another issue with water in your basement is that four letter word that every homeowner fears most: mold. Simply put, water and homes do not mix. When you allow water to sit in your home, namely your basement, it creates an environment conducive to mold growth. And please understand this: when you allow mold to begin growing, you are going to have one heck of a time stopping it. That is because mold spores, so tiny you can’t see them, will take to the air. Once airborne, they will spread like wildfire and you will have to spend thousands of dollars to have someone come in and perform proper mold remediation.
Failing to properly remediate mold can result in tons of problems for you and your family. Namely, you can count on allergies and breathing issues to be greatly exacerbated. And the air quality will not just suffer in the basement. Instead, the mold-ridden air will find its way up into your living quarters, making life miserable. In the worst of situations, black mold can grow and present a very serious and even life threatening problem.