Most homeowners understand basement waterproofing is a critical preventive measure to avoid flooding. However, many homeowners also don’t know that their basement needs more protection until a disaster happens. It’s always logical to be proactive versus reactive or safe versus sorry when it comes to your home. Here are signs that basement waterproofing should be on your radar.
Basement Waterproofing is a Necessity if There are Odors
Is the smell of your basement unpleasant? If so, water seepage may have accumulated in your basement for years. Even if you don’t see any physical indicators, a damp, musty odor is a telltale sign.
Mold should always be a concern that you should never ignore. Whether the bacteria are green, white, or black, mold in your basement creates a health hazard. Call a professional to get a free estimate as soon as you see it. The cost will depend on the damage’s severity and the repair’s scope.
A Chalky, White Substance on the Walls
Efflorescence is a chalky, white substance that migrates a salt to the surface of a porous material like concrete and coats it. This occurrence happens near wall cracks and openings that let in water. This issue is not as severe as mold. However, it’s still a clear indicator that basement waterproofing should be on your radar.
Floor or Wall Cracks
Even without water seepage, foundation cracks will worsen over time. Fortunately, if cracks are the only issue, it’s the least expensive problem to fix. Hairline floor cracks are common culprits of water seepage from the hydrostatic pressure built up below ground. However, larger cracks or heaving indicate engineering problems with your flooring or foundation.
If you notice a bowed concrete foundation wall, this inward curve or bulge requires an immediate fix. Curved walls cause long horizontal cracks, potentially compromising a foundation’s entire structure.
Water stains on a basement wall mean water might have entered over the top of the foundation. Grading problems or exterior sources of infiltration can cause this to happen. Without basement waterproofing, this occurrence will most likely happen again.
Do any of these indicators apply to your home? If so, contact us to invest in exterior basement waterproofing.
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