8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Minnesota
- Basement walls are wet
- Cracks in block walls
- Nails coming out of the walls
- Pipes in basement are wet
- Drywall is damp
- Horizontal cracks in basement walls
- Brick cracks on outside of home
- Water enters around windows
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- While cleaning up your home or business after a flood, you need to protect yourself against hazards in your food, water, and air. Many hazards aren't obvious and can't be seen—awareness of these hazards will help you work safely and protect your health.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small,inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
- Over 60 percent of homes have a leaking basement. Wet basements tend to be one of the most frequent complaints of homeowners. If you have a damp basement, musty odors, efflorescence ("white powder"), or minor water leaks, it is important to fix it now before it gets worse or more costly, and before it has the potential for causing indoor air quality issues.
- Start cleaning your furnishings as soon as possible. Your aim should be to thoroughly dry and clean the house before trying to live in it or have permanent repairs made. Early efforts should include taking furniture, rugs, bedding and clothing outside to dry and prevent mildew.
- Wash with a disinfectant, such as chlorine bleach, pine oil or a phenolic product, such as Lysol. Remember, a product is considered to be a "disinfectant" only if it is labeled as such. Rinse well.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- De-clutter your basement: Move important documents upstairs and replace cardboard boxes with plastic containers. Raise items up on concrete blocks.
- ^ "Floods: Protecting Your Health
",Minnesota Department of Health
- ^ "Basement Moisture Problems
",Needhamma.gov, p. 1
- ^ "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home