Should You Repair Your Wet Basement

Why should I bother repairing a wet basement?

Your Home’s Resale Value

The resale value of your home could be adversely affected. Buyers expect a dry basement with a strong foundation and no cracks. The market can sometimes penalize you, the seller, up to 10% of the resale price of your home. Actually, any signs that there was once water in your basement such as water marks on the walls, musty odors and mildew will cause great concern to a potential buyer of your home. When real estate markets are tight, this damage will turn buyers off and cause them to either look elsewhere or seek a significant drop in price.

Real Estate Laws

We dry wet basementsReal estate laws have become more strict in most states across the country. You, the seller, could be held responsible for any undisclosed defects for long periods of time after the sale. You can put your house up for sale so long as all water defects are disclosed. However, the market will penalize you if you take this course in the form of lower offers for your home.

Delayed Sale

In the real estate industry, especially today, a delayed sale usually is a lost sale. Don’t wait until the last minute to address your leaky basement. Contact A-1 Basement Solutions for a free in-home inspection and detailed quote.

Health Concerns

Unpleasant odors in your basement and throughout your house are in direct association with damp basements. Mold spores and bacteria cultures that form on wet and rotting surfaces can expose serious health problems to you and your family. The elderly, the allergic and those with weak immune systems are vunerable to a variety of illnesses due to mold spores and bacteria caused by a damp basement.

Do you have mold and bacteria cultures in your basement? Not sure? Read about our Mold Testing and E-Z Breathe to see how A-1 Basement Solutions can address these health concerns or Contact A-1 Basement Solutions for a free in-home mold and air quality inspection.

Structural Problems

Finished basementWater creeping through underground soil crevices creates hydrostatic pressure up from beneath the floors and against the sides of your home. This gradual pressure can cause horizontal and vertical cracks. Footings, walls and floors can crack and sheer. These damaged sections can then begin to move radiating damage upward to the above ground sections of your precious home. Window casings can snap, mortar joints can open and bricks can break. If this water damage is left untreated, repairs for this type of damage can be quite overwhelming. The earlier these abnormalities in your home are addressed, the better off you will be.

Do you have horizontal and vertical cracks in your foundation? Has the water slowly seeping into your basement caused your footings and walls to crack? Have your window casings began to snap? Are your mortatr joints opening? Not sure? Read more about how A-1 Basement Solutions Foundation Crack Repair and Concrete Sealing can help or Contact A-1 Basement Solutions for more information.