Basement Seepage - 63114

It is crucial to identify basement issues with water seepage at your home at an early stage. Damp basements really are a widespread occurrence, and often ignored, or go unnoticed early on.

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

1. Clean out everything you've got kept in the basement away from the walls and corners. Switch 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. Along the bottom of the wall, you might see what seems like ice crystals. This can be efflorescence, meaning that water in the bottom blocks is making the alkaline materials of the walls seep out.

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

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

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

A wet basement problem is more than an aggravation and can be permanently damaging. Mildew decays everything in its proximity and can even worsen the health of a homeowner with breathing problems or allergy symptoms. It also makes a good habitat for termites to flourish in. Worst of all, it could weaken the foundation of your home. If the problem is not quickly taken care of, there might be erosion and cracking from beneath. For these reasons, it is highly recommended to try and recognize basement problems of this nature before they aggravate.

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