Basement Seepage - 63020

It is very important to spot basement problems with water seepage in your house at an early stage. Wet basements really are a common occurrence, and often disregarded, or go unnoticed in the beginning.

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

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

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

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

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

5. The surface of the wall may be flaking or cracking. This can be another indicator of water inside 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 allergies. It also makes a good habitat for harmful termites to flourish in. Worst of all, it may weaken the foundation of your house. If the problem is not promptly handled, there might be erosion and cracking from underneath. For these reasons, it is strongly advised to try and recognize basement problems of this nature before they intensify.

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