How to Identify Water Damage in Your Basement | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin
A basement can be a great resource for your home. Homeowners can finish and furnish them, make a game room or “man cave,” use them for extra play space or take advantage of the extra storage room.
However, basements are unfortunately prone to water damage, because they are dug into the ground and surrounded by moist soil. This can mean water leakage into your basement over time.
While not an absolute certainty, it’s very likely that at some point you’ll encounter a water issue in your basement, and in any case, it’s good to know what to be on guard for.
Below, we will look at some of the signs that water damage is present in your basement—and if you decide you need a more professional set of eyes, your local SERVPRO technicians are a click or call away.
Signs You May Have Basement Water Damage
Unpleasant, musky odors. The smell that many people associate with basements is not a pleasant one, but because it’s so common, many people have the misconception that it’s not a problem. This isn’t the case. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment,, often caused by water leaking in and evaporating over time, creating mold spores in its wake—and while these are often hard to see, they are easy to smell.
Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Homeowners will sometimes apply a coat or two of waterproof paint to basement surface, with the thought that it will permanently create a barrier between the interior and the outside moisture that so often becomes an issue. However, this paint will simply mask the problem for a while, eventually leading to a compounded issue down the road. Water that seeps in eventually overcomes the paint, waterproof or not, and the paint begins to bubble, crack and peel, while the water continues to find a lower place into which to settle.
Foundational cracks. Cracks in one’s foundation can be a major sign that there’s a water leak, even though homes do occasionally shift over time as well. Cracks can show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, and they often indicate that structural pressure on your home is being applied by weakened beams due to leakage. Foundation cracks need to be addressed immediately, because depending on their severity they could portend an unstable living environment.
If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.