Do you have unwanted tenants in your damp basement?
Basement waterproofing can prevent excess water from ruining your home’s foundation and spare you the expense of mold remediation. If you aren’t seeing these problems in your damp basement yet, you might think that you can wait to have your basement waterproofed.
This is never a good idea. In addition to eliminating foundation damage and mold, preventing water intrusion into your basement will also help keep several different types of bugs from moving in with you. Let’s take a look at a few of the creepy crawlers who may be inhabiting your wet basement and the havoc they can wreak in your home.
Silverfish are small, silvery-gray creatures that scuttle around at night. They love damp spaces, and you may have seen one scuttling around in a sink or drain at some point. These insects reproduce very fast, and by the time you’ve seen one or two of them, you could have an infestation.
Silverfish feed on paper and clothing, but they will consume anything composed of sugar, starch, or carbohydrates.
Even if you can’t see visible mold in your damp basement, chances are that there is mold inside your walls. One sure sign of mold is the presence of mold mites. Mold mites are very tiny, only about the size of the head of a pin. These white bugs feed off mold. However, they will infest your kitchen, too. They will also infest grains, cheeses, and flour.
Mold mites can cause an allergic reaction in people as well. Symptoms include itching and respiratory problems.
Termites and Carpenter Ants
A damp basement is extremely attractive to termites and carpenter ants. These insects require a steady supply of water, as well as a damp environment in order to thrive. Your wet basement provides both.
Termites and carpenter ants cause billions of dollars in damage every year. These are the last insects you want to invite into your home.
By addressing your dampness issues right away, you can avoid damage to your foundation, prevent mold, and keep all of these invasive pests from making a home in your basement. Call us today at South Jersey Waterproofing for fast and effective basement waterproofing.