Everyone wants the peace of mind of knowing they are living in a healthy home. What most homeowners don’t know is if their basement is unhealthy, there’s a high probability this is creating a unhealthy home. Many homeowners believe if they just stop the water from coming into their basement, this is all that is necessary to maintain a healthy home.
The problem with this thinking is, it’s not just the water that needs to be stopped. Most unhealthy situations in homes and buildings are caused by excessive moisture in the air or poor air quality. Due to stack effect, 50{ee054501d5217c216c7235f344da8032b867c2530b2dc93d68a6d1ea6b963ea2} of the air we breathe upstairs in our homes comes from the basement. Stack effect is when the warmer indoor air rises up through the building and escapes at the top either through open windows, ventilation openings, or unintentional holes in ceilings, like ceiling fans and recessed lights. The rising warm air reduces the pressure in the base of the building, drawing cold air in through either open doors, windows, or other openings and leakage. So much of the air we breathe in our basements is the same air breath upstairs.

Consider the following:
“Americans spend up to 90{ee054501d5217c216c7235f344da8032b867c2530b2dc93d68a6d1ea6b963ea2} of their time indoors. Indoor allergens and irritants play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks.”

“A baby crawling on the floor inhales the equivalent of 4 cigarettes per day as a result of poor indoor air quality (out-gassing carpets, mold, mildews, mites and fungi)” –Scientific America

“If you live in a home with chronically poor air quality, you can experience frequent headaches, long lasting colds and bronchitis as well as chronic asthma.” –E. Neil Schachter, MD, Medical Director, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York

When considering a solution that is best for your leaky basement consider not only stopping the water but also the structure of your foundation as well as the quality of the air.