Basement Seepage - 63042

It is vital to spot basement issues with water seepage in your own home at an early stage. Wet basements really are a widespread occurrence, and often neglected, 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. Clear out all the things you have kept in the basement away from the walls and corners. Switch on your flashlight, concentrating on the corners. You'll be able to sport dark-looking areas- this is mildew and mold, which is a sign of water.

2. Across the bottom of the walls, you may 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. Staining at the top of the walls means that the water is rising inside the wall, or that something is directing it to that particular level.

4. Mold is another giveaway. It may be black, dark 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 can be another sign of dampness in the concrete, stone, or brick.

A wet basement problem is a lot more than an aggravation and can be permanently damaging. Mildew decays everything in its vicinity and may even worsen the health of a homeowner with breathing problems or allergy symptoms. It also makes a good habitat for harmful termites to prosper in. Worst of all, it could weaken the foundation of your property. If the issue is not promptly dealt with, there could be erosion and cracking from underneath. For these reasons, it is highly recommended to try and recognize basement problems of this nature before they intensify.

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