Basement Seepage - Firstar Bank 63195

It is important to recognize basement issues with water seepage in your house at an early stage. Moist basements really are a common occurrence, and often overlooked, or go unnoticed in the beginning.

Here are a few ways to recognize basement issues with water seepage, before it gets to an advanced stage:

1. Clear out everything you have kept in the basement away from the walls and corners. Turn on your flashlight, concentrating on the corners. You will be able to sport dark-looking areas- this really is mildew and mold, which is a sign of moisture.

2. Along the bottom of the walls, you could possibly see what seems like ice crystals. This can be efflorescence, meaning that water in the bottom blocks is making the alkaline materials of the wall seep out.

3. Discoloration near the top of the walls signifies that the water is rising inside the wall, or that something is directing it to that level.

4. Mold is another giveaway. It might be black, brown, green or yellow, and it is usually seen in the northwest corner.

5. The surface of the wall structure may be flaking or peeling. This can be another indication of water in the concrete, stone, or brick.

A wet basement problem is more than an annoyance and can be permanently destructive. Mildew decays everything in its proximity and may even worsen the health of a homeowner with breathing problems or allergies. It also makes a great habitat for harmful termites to flourish in. Worst of all, it could weaken the foundation of your property. If the problem is not promptly dealt with, there may be erosion and cracking from below. For these reasons, it is strongly suggested to try and identify basement problems of this nature before they aggravate.

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