A moisture problem in your basement can lead to a multitude of problems, and not all of them are cosmetic. A moist basement can take a serious toll on your health as well as the structural integrity of your home. You may feel that you do not require basement waterproofing because you live in an area that is not prone to flooding. But basements are prone to moisture problems in almost any environment, and you should be vigilant that these issues do not persist. Here are a few signs you should look into basement waterproofing.
We have all walked into a basement and noticed a distinct musty smell. You might be inclined to think that this odor simply comes with the territory of basements. However, this smell could be a sign that there is a deeper moisture issue at hand. A mildew-like smell indicates that there is decaying material at hand. If a cause of this smell cannot be ascertained, consider hiring a professional to check it out. Basement waterproofing could be the solution. Besides, no one wants their basement to smell like mildew.
Your nose can be a helpful place to start if you are investigating the necessity of basement waterproofing. But be sure to use your eyes, too. If you notice discoloration almost anywhere in your basement—from walls, to carpeting, to appliances—you may have a moisture problem. Discoloration can manifest in a multitude of ways. Most people have a pretty good sense of what mold looks like. If you notice darkening on your carpets, drywall, or furniture, there is a good chance that it is mold or mildew. But did you know that peeling paint in your basement could be a sign of a moisture problem too? Although this could simply be an issue with the type of paint or the process by which it was applied, beware that peeling paint can indicate excess moisture. Even if your paint is not peeling, look out for wall cracks.
Be sure to look beyond your walls, too. Check metal surfaces in your basement, such as your appliances. If you notice rust forming on any metal surfaces, it is very likely that there is excess moisture in your home. If you see any of these signs, you should look into methods of reducing humidity and other forms of basement waterproofing.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today for Your Waterproofing Needs
Whether you need a new sump pump installed or want to waterproof your entire basement, contact All Aspect 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.