Water problems are common for houses with basements, but often the issue isn’t discovered until it’s done some serious damage. You might think that all basements are damp and dank, but there are some signs of leaking and basement water damage that you should be on the lookout for.
Wet walls in your basement can be a sign that either the pipes in the walls are leaking or that moisture is starting to seep in from the surrounding soil. Water could also be leaking in through any cracks. Your walls may also experience paint problems as moisture seeps in. Paint may start to peel or become discolored.
Mold, mildew and rot are obvious signs of water problems in a basement. You’ll most likely be able to smell a damp, musty odor caused by the moisture. Also be sure to check any wooden furniture, paneling or beams in your basement for rotting. If there is a potential for structural problems you will want to get them fixed immediately.
Rusty marks or water stains around the base of walls and standing appliances can be a sign of water damage in your basement.
If you notice a chalky white deposit on your concrete or masonry block foundation, this is most likely a sign of a moisture problem. It’s called efflorescence, and it happens when water infiltrates the concrete or masonry and begins dissolving the minerals in the material. Efflorescence itself isn’t dangerous, but if you clear it away and it returns, that’s a sign that water is entering your basement.
Be on the lookout for warped paneling, wallboard or doors. Warping can occur as a result of moisture. You should also inspect your walls for cracks and bowing.
Whether you know what the problem is or where the water is coming in, you can call a professional water damage restoration company to assess the condition of your basement and make recommendations for the next step.