Basement Seepage - Firstar Bank 63195

It is vital to recognize basement problems with water seepage in your own home at an early stage. Damp basements are a common occurrence, and often overlooked, or go unnoticed early on.

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

1. Clear out all the things you have kept in the basement away from the wall surfaces and corners. Turn on your flashlight, focusing on the corners. You'll be able to sport dark-looking areas- this is mildew and mold, which is a sign of water.

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

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

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

5. The surface of the wall could be flaking or peeling. This is another sign of water in the concrete, stone, or brick.

A damp basement problem is more than an aggravation and can be permanently destructive. Mold decays everything in its vicinity and might even worsen the health of a homeowner with breathing problems or allergy symptoms. It also makes a great habitat for harmful termites to thrive in. Worst of all, it may weaken the foundation of your home. If the problem is not immediately handled, there might be erosion and cracking from underneath. For these reasons, it is strongly advised to try and discover basement problems of this nature before they worsen.

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