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Four Major Health Hazards of Having a Wet Basement

Four Major Health Hazards of Having a Wet Basement
Four Major Health Hazards of Having a Wet Basement

A leaky basement is not something any homeowner should ignore. Home waterproofing and foundation repairs are crucial not only for the structural security of your home, but for the well-being of your family members.

Still think that a wet basement isn’t that big of a deal? Here are four reasons why your damp house is ruining your family’s health.


Moisture in a wet basement is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Once airborne, the bacteria can cause many different harmful infections, and if they are not cleaned out properly the sickness will keep coming back. These bacteria colonies like to grow on damp, organic matter such as wooden floorboards and walls.

And without the proper foundation sealing, these airborne bugs can easily spread throughout the house.


Mold is the most common health hazard that comes with working and living in moist environments. Simply speaking, mold is a fungus and comes in a rainbow of colors, including black, brown, yellow, pink, or green. It can be fuzzy and grows rapidly on basically anything indoors, from carpeting to drywall. Mold releases tiny spores of fungus within the air, and when ingested these spores can harm your airways. Those who spend time in mold-infested environments can suffer from headaches, respiratory illnesses, asthma, and eye infections.

Dust mites

Noticing a trend yet? We’ve covered bacteria and fungus, and now it’s time to move on to pests of the six-legged variety.

Dust mites are a surprising side effect to damp basements. They thrive in warm environments, and these little guys feel right at home surrounded by water. So if you are experiencing a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing, you may have an invasion of dust mites in your basement. In order to banish these bugs, experts recommend keeping the humidity of your home at less than 50%, and investing in air conditioning for exceptionally warm days.

A Variety of Other Pests

The last thing you want are creepy-crawlies in your basement. A wet basement can attract mice, cockroaches, spiders, snakes, and ants that probably wouldn’t be very good house guests.
You don’t have to worry about these four health hazards if you invest in different water proofing solutions for your basement. Be proactive: The Real Seal LLC will help you keep your basement nice and dry, so call today.


Austin Werner

Austin Werner is the Owner of The Real Seal LLC, a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company. Austin believes that having a highly trained and happy team is the key to success. This is reflected through hundreds of 5 star customer reviews his company has received online.

2 Responses

  1. If my basement flooded and my well is right next to the house, could the contaminated ground water have seeped into the well?

    1. Hi Virginia! It is possible for contaminated water to get into your well. If you flooded with just storm water, there’s nothing to worry about. If the flood you experienced was sewer backup, you may want to check the quality of your water.

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