If your home has a basement, there are a few things that you should be on the lookout for. Basements, although a convenient room of a house, could be dangerous to you and your family. The things that you should always be on the look for are:

Rotting Beams

When there is moisture in the air, water could cause wood beams or walls to become warped. Once they are warped, there is a possibility of damaging the rest of your home. In the short term, this may not be an issue. However, if you plan on living in your home in the long term, you should address rotting beams quickly to avoid future problems.

Black Mold

If there is, or ever was, any water in your basement, there is a chance that mold could be growing. Mold should be taken very seriously because it can cause health problems for you and your family. To take care of mold yourself, you must wear gloves and thoroughly clean the surface. To learn more about black mold and what to do, read our other blog HERE.


Flooding is never a good thing for basements. Your belongings could get damaged, mold could start to grow, and your foundation might become warped. If there is flooding, you should find the source of the problem and put preventative measures, such as a French drain.

Carbon Monoxide

Furnaces or clothes dryers could be leaking carbon monoxide into your home. Most homes have carbon monoxide detectors, but there should also be one in the basement. Carbon Monoxide rises, so detecting it in your basement could prevent problems before it goes throughout the rest of your home.

Fire Hazards

If you do laundry in the basement, your dryer could be a fire hazard—fires caused by dryers’ average around $35 million in damages every single year. Twice a year, you should thoroughly clean out your dryer vents to remove lint. This includes more than just the filter that you pull out.


Insets attract other insets. Meaning, there could be spider nests or carpenter ants throughout your basement and home. The ants could eat through your home’s support beams, and the spiders could begin to crawl throughout your walls. At first sight of multiple bugs, call an exterminator to take care of the problem.

Damaged Foundation

Cracked or bowed walls can cause significant problems for a home’s structure. For example, doors and windows might not open and close properly, or water could begin to enter your basement. At the sight of any damaged foundation, it is best to call professionals immediately to avoid a much larger problem down the line.

Call the Professionals

Basements are an essential part of any home. ARK works to protect that space, whether it is storage, a laundry room, or a kid play area. Our team can help diagnose and treat your basement water or foundation problem. Call us today for a free estimate.

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