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February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 162

One of the most commonplace horrors overlooked by millions of homeowners every day (many of whom have never heard of basement waterproofing) in the wetter parts of the US is invisible, inaudible, and untouchable -- it's must. Not must as in 'have to', but must as in 'mold and'. Must isn't a noun so much as it's a feeling, a nasty smell that makes your skin crawl because, on some deep level, your body knows there's something direly wrong when it's olfactory nerves are struck that particular way.

Must happens when a sufficiently damp area lacks ventilation. The moisture encourages the growth of microscopic fungi, which build up and release spores and floaters into the area. Must is the smell of a hidden fungal bloom somewhere in your home -- usually under the carpets or inside the furniture. Left unchecked, that nastiness will not only spread to other areas of your home, it can spread to other areas of your body, leaving you weakened or even sick.

In the vast majority of cases, must starts in the basement. That's because, in the vast majority of cases, the basement isn't properly waterproofed, and moisture builds up in there. The must can be cleaned up and slain, but if you fail to back that up with a proper basement waterproofing, you're leaving the fungus a wide-open door with which to return to your home with a vengeance.

So how do you get your basement waterproofed properly? Well, in almost every case you're going to need a professional crew to come in and do the heavy lifting. But you can get started on your own.

- Start by taking everything out of the basement and trying to figure out where the leak is coming from.

- If you can isolate a single source and you're certain it's the only one, you can try to seal it yourself. For example, if it's a window that needs to be re-caulked, most people can handle that on their own.

- If the water seems to be coming from many places at once or you can't figure out where it's coming from at all, just get all of the furniture and goods out of the basement and wait for your basement waterproofing contractors to arrive.

- While you're waiting, consult an expert on how to deal with any potential mold damage and/or infestation on your belongings. No point in fixing the must coming from the walls if there's more built up on the underside of your dresser drawers.

Once the basement waterproofers arrive, you basically get to sit back and watch. They'll isolate the sources of the leak(s), and depending on how bad they are, perform any of several different techniques for solving the problems. Most of them are completed within a single afternoon and don't require any special participation on your part going forward.

The one thing you do have to look out for, however, is a return of the musty smell. It might take a few weeks (in which case the basement waterproofers will generally try again free of cost) or a dozen years, but it's a near certainty that eventually the smell will come back. It's an unfortunate truth of owning a home with a basement -- being prepared to fight back is the most important thing you can do.

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