Humidity, foul odors, leaks, cracks and mold are some common problems with household basements. Additionally, basement walls and floors can become weak and buckle, crack and sink over time.
Humidity makes a household basement uncomfortable and gives rise to foul odors. Most odors are the result of mold, mildew or rot that thrive in humid conditions, leading to larger architectural and health problems. Cracks and leaks in a basement, if not addressed immediately, can weaken the structure, lead to soil erosion, and cause the basement floor and walls to sink. Basement windows are more prone to leaks than concrete walls and require extra care to prevent cracks.