The month of August signals many things: the end of summer, a reminder to get the kids prepared for school, and repairs that should be done before fall. Families often forget that August weather can also come with basement problems. August weather in Ottawa is generally warm, sometimes rainy, and almost always humid. This means that your home is susceptible to water leaks or mould growth, and you are susceptible to health risks. Nevertheless, this is a problem that can be solved by basement waterproofing your Ottawa home.

If your basement is not waterproofed, when it is humid or rainy over a period of days, you may notice that there’s a musty smell in your basement. Mould may be growing on your walls, ceilings or window frames due to moisture created from water leaks and the humid air in the basement. Most mould spores only requires 24-48 hours to begin to propagate. That’s enough to cause a considerable amount of stress and health concerns.

If you’re exposed to mould spores, they can trigger allergic reactions such as coughs, wheezes, skin irritation, sore throats or rashes. For people who have asthma, mould spore exposure can worsen asthma symptoms. In some cases, certain mould species can produce mycotoxins, which are toxic chemicals that adversely affect your immune system.

To prevent any potential health risks, it’s important to have a basement waterproofing expert, such as The Crack Doctor help you take preventive measures. Take the proactive approach to protect your home and health! For more information, please contact our Ottawa office, and we’ll be happy to assist you.