There are few things in life more disheartening than looking down the stairs into your basement at a sea of water. Basement water removal provides a unique set of problems. Lifting water out of the basement using buckets can be a long and exhausting job. After the water removal, there may be mud or silt on the floor of the basement, depending on the source of the flooding. The items in the basement that have been soaked may be full of contaminated and an environment for mold to grow. A wet basement also offers plenty of structural elements that can harbor mold.
Whether or not there is a lake in your basement or not, any amount of water can be a serious problem. A wet basement is difficult to clean up, but the more serious concern is the myriad of health problems that can be caused by mold growth in the basement. Most people realize that you can have an allergic reaction to mold spores. These allergies include difficulty breathing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, throat irritation, and chronic coughing. Mold microorganisms are especially dangerous for the very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
The mold that grows in a wet basement can also lead to asthma. Asthma is where the air passages in the lungs are narrowed through swelling, making breathing difficult. It is characterized by wheezing, chest congestion, coughing, and shortness of breath. A chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory system, asthma can be a problem for any age. This restricted airflow causes asthma attacks, where you feel like you can't breathe as the airways narrow significantly. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis and humidifier fever can also result from water in a basement.
Another health problem that can result from the mold and poor air quality in a wet basement is a respiratory infection. Black mold and mildew particles can be breathed in and irritate the lungs. They can carry infection into the air sacs of the lungs. Breathing in these materials over the course of time can severely damage the respiratory system and the lungs themselves. These medical problems prove that it is very important to deal with water in the basement properly. The clean up process has to include the eradication of mold spores and mildew. In addition, ventilation and the improvement of the air quality is essential for preventing respiratory problems.