Identifying the Signs of Basement Water Damage
Sometimes water damage in your basement is not as apparent as you would think. At least 60 % of homeowners may have some water damage in their basement. If left unaddressed, moisture buildup in your basement can cause mold growth that is harmful to your health. This is why it is essential to spot the signs of water damage and contact a professional basement waterproofing company. Here are some tips for identifying water damage in your basement before it’s too late.
Cracks can develop in the floor, foundation, or walls of your basement, but they can also be found outside the home. Fissures are most commonly caused by water putting pressure on the building’s structure, but excessive moisture or faulty drainage can also lead to cracking. It is important to pay attention to the size of the cracks. Minor cracks aren’t an emergency, but cracks bigger than one-sixteenth of an inch should be inspected. Pay attention to shifting or displaced walls as well.
Moisture stains on your ceiling, walls, or floor are the most obvious signs of water damage. If you have lived in your house for a while and have recently noticed water stains, calling the professionals is a good idea. Stopping water damage before it gets worse is the best way to save yourself from further damage and expenses.
Sometimes it is hard to see water damage, but you can often smell it. Most likely, if you take a deep breath, you will be able to smell mildew that grows due to moisture damage. There may be a general musty smell in your old home, but the odor will be much more pronounced in rooms with water damage. This could indicate that there is water behind the walls or under the floorboards.
Mold thrives in damp environments, so its presence can be an obvious sign of water damage. Mold growth is often a result of a leak, and it will attach to furniture, floors, walls, and wood. It can be a dark green or black color, or sometimes a white powdery substance. Mold will also give off a damp, musty smell.
Sometimes you can tell an area in your basement has water damage just by walking over an area. When wood absorbs water, it expands, and you can feel it buckle when you apply pressure. This is often a sign of significant damage, and you should call professional waterproofing contractors.
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