A wet basement is more than a nuisance. If your basement includes finished living space, any kind of moisture can ruin carpeting, drywall and framing. Even if you have a crawl space or just use your basement for storage, a simple case of condensation can buckle hardwood flooring on the level above and spawn harmful mold.
If you have a soggy basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors, based in Washington, D.C., estimates 60% of U.S. homes have wet basements and 38% run the risk of basement mold.
The water most often comes from rainfall and melting snow. Even a small storm can trigger a deluge … a house with a 1,500 sq. ft. roof sheds 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of falling rain. In tougher cases, the problem is rising groundwater.