Soundproofing A Basement Suite - If you are living in the Tampa Bay area, you may not be used to visiting many homes with basements; however, believe it or not, there are numerous homes throughout the area that do actually have basements. Most homes in Florida are built without basement because of hurricane related issues. Construction codes insist that home floors be built above storm surge elevation. If a basement is permitted to be built, it usually is built as a "non-livable" area, therefore, in other words, homeowners may have the basement for extra storage but no bedrooms.
However, while basements offer extra room for storage and cooler areas to hang out on warm days, they also have their share of moisture related issues. In regards to basement troubles, moisture is the most common issue in the basement. The moisture most commonly enters from exterior sources though are also created indoors as well. Often, most homeowners are unaware that the soil around the basement walls may contain a large amount of moisture.
The reason for high moisture content in the soil could incorporate surface water that's seeping down into the ground or even out of a high water table. A high water table could be clarified by heavy rains which cause the water to rise higher than the basement floor. Often, water may find its way within a basement by gravity or through a crack or defect in the water protection layer of the base. Water may also be dragged up with a " wicking action" or " pushed up" by hydrostatic pressure from the ground under the walls or flooring.
In the summer, warm moist air from outside could enter the house and result in condensation on the cool basement walls or flooring. With each cold season, the fracture will gradually get larger as a result of expansive properties of the frozen water.