Spotting water damage in your basement is not often as easy as seeing a pool of water on the ground. There are many different severities of moisture issues in the basement, and some symptoms may be harder to spot than others.
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Signs of Water in Your Basement Include:
Mold is a very common side effect of having moisture issues in your basement. The growth of mold is caused by too much moisture build-up and not enough ventilation. Not only is it unsightly in your basement, but it can also lead to health issues. Mold ranges from several different colors like grey, black, green or white, and some can even be toxic.
Concrete foundation cracks are very common once the concrete is poured. Cracking typically occurs when the concrete dries, or from any settlement in the soils on the exterior of the foundation. Cracks create passageways for water to seep into your basement. Even the smallest of cracks can allow water to flow through, so it’s important to get these checked out before the issue gets worse.
If you notice any tie holes in your concrete foundation, these could also be passageways for water to get through to your basement. These are very small holes that are left behind when the steel rods are removed after the concrete is initially poured. These holes are patched, but over time they are susceptible to leaks if not patched properly.
Although this may seem like the most obvious, some water stains aren’t as obvious as you’d think. Aside from stains on the floor, water stains can also appear at the top of the basement wall from roof runoff. Water stains can appear on painted or concrete walls and appear efflorescence, which looks like a white powdery scum on your walls.
Extra Pests & Bugs
Basements are a breeding ground for bugs and pests. They love to live in dark, damp spaces, so if you notice any extra unwanted guests in your basement, it could be a sign of moisture issues.
Water can enter your basement in several different ways:
- Cracks in your foundation
- Window leaks
- Floor cracks
- Wall cracks
- Excess moisture in walls or window sills
Our waterproofing experts at AquaGuard can waterproof your basement to ensure water stays out, permanently.
Basement moisture issues can be solved quickly and permanently if caught early enough. During the humid months in Georgia, your house is often even more susceptible to water damage. If you think your house needs an inspection, let us know!