Basement Flood Mold Prevention - If you live in the Tampa Bay area, you might not be used to seeing many homes with basementsnonetheless, believe it or not, there are numerous homes throughout the area that do actually have basements. Most homes in Florida are constructed without basement due to hurricane related issues. Construction codes insist that home floors be constructed above storm surge elevation. When a basement is allowed to be constructed, it generally is constructed as a "non-livable" space, so, in other words, homeowners may have the basement for additional storage but no bedrooms.
Nonetheless, while basements offer more space for storage and cooler places to hang out on hot days, they also have their share of moisture related problems. When it comes to basement troubles, moisture is the most common issue in the basement. The moisture commonly enters from outside sources though can also be created indoors as well. Frequently, most homeowners are unaware that the dirt around the basement walls may contain a large amount of moisture.
The reason for high moisture content in the dirt could incorporate surface water that is seeping down into the soil or even out of a high water table. A high water table could be explained by heavy rains which cause the water table to rise higher than the basement floor. Frequently, water may find its way inside a basement by gravity or through a crack or defect in the water security layer of the foundation. Water may also be dragged up with a " wicking action" or " pushed up" by hydrostatic pressure in the soil 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. In regions that may experience freezing temperatures, the following situation can happen if there is a fracture present: the water will enter through the fracture then freeze and expand. With every cold season, the fracture will eventually get larger due to the expansive properties of the suspended water.