Signs You Have Basement Water Issues
Severe basement water damage can be very expensive to repair and hazardous to the health of you and your loved ones.
You're thinking: "But my basement looks ok?!" Maybe that's because you don't recognize the warning signs.
Knowing what to look for in your basement can be the difference between a minor repair and one that'll burn a hole through your pockets.
Check your basement for these signs and take steps to prevent the problem from worsening.
This is a very obvious sign of a basement water issue. If you or your family didn't accidentally leave the tap running, then water is finding its way into your basement somehow.
You want to be quick about finding the source and waterproofing your basement, as excess water can damage your home's foundation and cause other damage.
When water stagnates, it encourages the growth of mold mildew, which gives off an unmistakable musty stench that clings to the items you have in your basement.
This smell can even spread from the basement to the rest of your home. A musty smell signifies that your basement may have a water problem.
Your basement wall may have white powdery stains formed from a process known as efflorescence.
The stain may have a slight sparkle. While water has already evaporated, efflorescence strongly indicates a water entry point in your basement.
This is one of the telltale signs of a wet basement. Water stains may indicate that you need basement waterproofing if the joint between the wall and the floor lets water in. You'll often find water stains on the floor along the walls.
Damp carpet and flooring
If your basement is a living space, you should look for damp carpet and other flooring materials as well as mold stains on drywall.
Carpets have excellent water retaining capacity, which can quickly lead to a mold issue.
Mold & mildew
If you have black speckles, burn marks, a dirty section, or other unsightly stains on your basement wall, you could have a mold problem on your hands.
And mold doesn't just grow. It needs a water source, which means groundwater is likely seeping up into the basement.
Sticking or warped doors
Doors can absorb moisture, making them swell and tight in their frame. This usually happens in the summer when humidity is at its highest.
If your basement door sticks all year round or has warped, it may signify that your door is absorbing too much moisture from a leaky basement.
Aside from preventing structural damage, waterproofing your basement can make your home safer and healthier for you and your loved ones. If you have any of the signs above, get an estimate immediately.