Basement Seepage - 63005

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

Here are some ways to identify basement issues with water seepage, before it reaches an advanced stage:

1. Clean 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, which is a sign of water.

2. Across the bottom of the walls, 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 near the top of the walls implies that the water is rising within the wall, or that something is directing it to that level.

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

5. The surface of the wall may be flaking or cracking. This can be another indication of dampness within the concrete, stone, or brick.

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

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