If you have a basement in your home, it is important to appreciate the need to maintain this space in tiptop condition. For most homeowners, this part of the house is mostly forgotten and while this might seem to work, you will be putting your home and its occupants in great danger. The most common problem associated with basement maintenance is water seepage and in fact, this is the reason most homeowners give up on their basements.
The location of a basement below the surface makes it susceptible to water entry through the walls and from below the floor. Lateral water pressure from the soil surrounding the walls will push water through the basement walls especially if there are any foundation cracks, wall gaps and honeycombs. Hydrostatic pressure caused by water pressure from the ground will also lead to water in the basement.
There are other ways through which water enters the basement and as a homeowner, you need to immediately contact a basement contractor for diagnostic tests and repairs. These experts also have the necessary skills and tools required to deploy durable waterproofing systems.
As a homeowner, it is important to be proactive when it comes to caring for your home. When dealing with water seepage into the basement, some of the warning signs you should look out for include:
Basement Walls Cracks
When small gaps on the wall give in to water pressure, they will eventually grow into more noticeable cracks. Water interferes with concrete composition leading to mortar joint cracks that should be immediately repaired before waterproofing is carried out. If you notice such cracks, call in a certified contractor immediately.
An unfinished basement is prone to high moisture levels. Condensation also leads to metal rusting, which is visible on metal appliances, tools, basement column, window wells, utility wires among others items. Rust is caused by reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water. If water entry into the basement is uncontrolled, rust causes a lot of damage and even threatens the integrity of the foundation.
The name might imply that there is no water required for this type of wood decay to occur. Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a fungus that thrives on low moisture wood surfaces and causes a lot of damage.
If you notice a musty odor in the basement, it is highly likely that you are dealing with mold growth. Wet wooden surfaces and fabrics provide an ideal habitat for toxic mold growth, which causes many respiratory health problems.
Any of these signs point to water seepage and necessitates immediate inspection by a qualified basement contractor before appropriate repairs and waterproofing is carried out.