For most homeowners, the basement can be a very overlooked part of the house. But, because your basement is a key part of the foundation, as well as a target for water damage, it’s vital to make sure that your basement is protected from moisture accumulation. Here are some warning signs that should make you consider having your basement professionally waterproofed.
One of the clearest warning signs of excess water is mold growth. The important thing to remember about mold is that it can spread much farther and more quickly that it appears. So, even if you just spot a small amount of mold on your basement walls, that could mean that there could be more mold growth where you can’t see.
Water damage can lead to a lot of unpleasant smells in your basement. If your basement smells musty or like mildew, then that is a clear sign that water is collecting somewhere it shouldn’t. Sometimes, damp odors can point to a humidity problem. But if your basement smells bad but has no visual signs of water damage, it’s a good idea to have an inspection to make sure there isn’t a bigger issue below the surface.
Small cracks in the wall and floor are common in every house because of the way gravity affects a building over time. But it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for cracks in your basement. Anything that is longer or wider than an inch could be cause for concern. Water damage forms cracks through erosion as well as freezing and expanding in the winter. That means that significant water damage can lead to structural problems in your house.
Lastly, efflorescence is a lesser-known sign of water damage. Simply put, efflorescence is the result of water washing up minerals, like salt onto the surface. Efflorescence can come through wall cracks as the minerals in the building material leech out. You will recognize it as a white substance that causes streaks along the walls or floor.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.