It’s a pretty well-known fact: Kansans love their basements! About three in four midwest homes feature basements, but many basement walls wind up leaning, leaking, or cracking under the pressure of the home, foundation, and surrounding soil. Since basements are sometimes the least-utilized part of the house (and basement repair and waterproofing aren’t exactly straightforward for the average homeowner), some homeowners choose to ignore the issue. This can be a serious problem, however, and leaving the problem untreated only means it will get worse over time.
For those who do use their basement space, leaks are even more problematic, since construction materials (carpet, drywall, insulation, wood), appliances (washers, dryers, HVAC units), and personal property (furniture, boxes of belongings, clothing) can all become water damaged. Mold, soil seepage through groundwater, (VOCs), and unpleasant odors are obstacles that many homeowners have to deal with concerning their leaky basements, and these problems become compounded when the homeowner has not been proactive about the repair.
Benefits of Basement Repair
You can utilize the entire square footage of your home
No one wants to store their things in a leaky basement. Water seepage through cracked walls brings with it a gamut of gross smells as well, so not only do you not want to put your things there – you don’t want to have to go there either! The investment you made in all of that square footage (when you purchased or rented your home) is going to waste if you don’t deal with the issue.
Repaired, waterproofed basements are pleasant environments because they stay dry and you can trust that your things will be safely stored there. No more needless re-purchasing of furniture and materials!
Repaired basements are healthier for the whole family
Over time, cracked and deteriorating walls allow groundwater to seep through. With the groundwater comes soil seepage, which can release VOCs (such as chloroform, degreasers, paint removers, cleaning products, and gasoline compounds) into your home. Low-level exposure to VOCs over long periods of time can lead to impaired immune system function, liver damage, or an increased risk of cancer.
In addition to VOCs, wet walls harbor mold, which can cause a number of reactions in sensitive individuals. Young children, the elderly, and those with health issues (such as allergies and asthma) are especially vulnerable to mold, so basement repair is extremely important for the well-being of your family.
Lamunyon Basement Repair in Manhattan
Lamunyon Dry Out and Foundation Repair provides a wide range of skills and expertise to properly diagnose your basement problems. We don’t just repair damages, we put a trusted system in place to prevent future damage so that you can use your safe, dry, and healthy basement for years to come. We fix bowing walls using wall anchors and/or carbon fiber over the walls to prevent the spread of cracks and install a complete basement waterproofing system to protect homeowners and their families from water damage and future leaks.