One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!
Water damage is one of the most destructive things that can affect your home, and it can be quite expensive to repair and fix after the fact. Your basement, being below ground, is at particular risk of suffering from water damage, which is why a variety of different basement waterproofing systems exist. Being aware of some of the most common warning signs associated with a basement that is not properly waterproofed can help you figure out if you should talk to a contractor about installing a basement waterproofing system in your home.
The first sign that you should keep an eye out for that can indicate that your basement may not be completely protected from potential water damage is the presence of any sort of staining or discoloration on any of the surfaces of your basement. Dark stains on concrete walls, peeling wallpaper or paint, and any sort of water staining on other materials that you may have used for walls or flooring in your basement point to a leak in your foundation that is allowing moisture from the surrounding soil to enter your property. Installing a basement waterproofing system can prevent this from happening and developing into the more serious forms of water damage detailed below.
One of the most common signs of moisture exposure and damage in your basement, particularly if your basement is unfinished, is the presence of cracks in your basement walls. These cracks can develop for a variety of reasons, but most commonly are caused by moisture that is allowed to seep from the surrounding soil into the concrete of your basement. As the temperature drops, that water will freeze and expand, causing your walls to crack. As this cycle repeats, the crack will grow larger and larger, undermining the structural integrity of your foundation and your home by extension. Installing a basement waterproofing system can help prevent this sort of damage from occurring, and save you money on expensive foundation repair services in the long run.
Mold and Mildew Growth
Another common sign that your basement could likely benefit from a basement waterproofing system is if you notice signs of mold and mildew growth, either on the walls, floor, or ceiling of your basement, or on any of the things that you may have stored in the area – especially if your basement is finished and has pieces of furniture or carpeting installed, which are prime targets for mold and mildew. While dehumidifiers can reduce the amount of ambient moisture in the area, basement waterproofing systems like a vapor barrier or a sealant applied to your basement walls will provide more proactive water damage prevention.
For more information, contact a local basement waterproofing company.Share