How You Can Tell Whether Your Basement has Water Seepage or Simple Condensation

How You Can Tell Whether Your Basement has Water Seepage or Simple CondensationWater is essential for life, but that doesn’t mean we want it in our basements – unless the water comes out of a tap in a basement sink or it’s used by a washing machine to launder our clothes.

It’s important to keep unwanted water out of your basement.  You already know that a flooded basement isn’t just a mess to clean up; even if you only use your basement as a storage area, water can damage what you keep there.  That’s bad enough, but the damage caused by the water can be quite extensive if you’ve finished or remodeled your basement.  If that’s the case there’s a good chance your basement furnishings and finished walls will eventually be ruined by the water, even if it’s water that’s slowly seeping in rather than an outright flood. 

Beyond all of that, it’s important to keep unwanted water out of your basement because its presence leads to the formation of mold.  Breathing mold spores circulating in the air is a distinct health hazard because they can cause some pretty nasty respiratory diseases.

Most of you probably know that water can get into your basement if a river or stream overflows its banks and causes a flood.  Plus, if there’s a very heavy rain, water can seep in if your foundation or floor has any cracks or hasn’t been waterproofed.  But did you know that water can also condense in your basement during a hot summer day?  How can you tell if you have a groundwater seepage problem or if the moisture you see in your basement is just simple condensation?

Water condensation occurs when warm, humid air comes into contact with a much cooler surface.  Everyone’s familiar with the way water forms on the outside of an icy cold glass of water when it’s hot and humid outside.  The glass isn’t leaking.  Instead, the temperature difference between the hot air and the cold glass causes the moisture in the air to condense onto the outside of the glass.

Well, water condensation can happen in your basement, too.  The condensed moisture can form on the foundation wall, or it might make a puddle on the floor.  When this happens, it’s easy to mistake condensation for a seepage problem, which is much more serious.  An expert can tell the difference, though.

If you notice moisture on your foundation walls or on your basement floor, call an expert flood control and seepage company.  Our specialists, for example, will be able to determine whether groundwater is seeping into your basement or it’s merely condensation.  If it’s the former, they’ll suggest some methods they can use to get your water problem under control.  If it’s just condensation, you could try running a basement dehumidifier.

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