New Basements Under Existing Homes


New Basements Under Existing Homes

New Basements Under Existing Homes - If you are living in the Tampa Bay area, you may not be accustomed to seeing many houses with basements; however, believe it or not, there are several homes across the area that do in fact have basements. Most houses in Florida are built without cellar because of hurricane related difficulties. Construction codes insist that home floors be built above storm surge elevation. When a basement is permitted to be built, it usually is built as a "non-livable" space, so, in other words, homeowners may have the basement for additional storage but no bedrooms.

Nonetheless, while basements offer extra room for storage and cooler places to hang out on warm days, they also have their share of moisture related issues. When it comes to basement troubles, moisture is the most common issue in the cellar. The moisture commonly enters from exterior sources though can also be created inside as well. Frequently, most homeowners are unaware that the soil around the basement walls may contain a lot of moisture.

The cause of elevated moisture content in the soil could include 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 that cause the water to rise higher than the cellar floor. Frequently, water may find its way inside a cellar by gravity or by means of a crack or defect in the water protection layer of the base. Water may also be pulled up with a " wicking action" or " pushed up" by hydrostatic pressure from the soil under the walls or flooring.

In the summer, warm moist air from outside could enter the home and result in condensation on the cool basement walls or flooring. With each cold season, the fracture will eventually get larger as a result of expansive properties of the suspended water.

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