What Good Is A Damp Or Wet Basement?

SeepageHere at Seepage, we ask ourselves if you can’t use your basement because it’s too damp or wet, then what good is it? In the world or real estate, you pay for every inch of the square footage, including the basement. So shouldn’t you be able to use every inch of it?

No matter if your home is built with a basement of poured concrete foundation, blocks, monolithic, stone or tile walls, it won’t be safe from water seeping through. It can come in from the basement floor or walls and work its way to the floor joist of your home above ground. The pros here at Seepage have seen water coming in from many different sources.

And here at Seepage, we know that it won’t be long before the moisture starts to mildew and mold begins to grow. That dampness in a basement may seem minor, but before you realize it, you will need hundreds to thousands of dollars in repairs. Any type of water seepage is dangerous in a basement, not just for the structure of your home, but for the health and safety of your family too.

You won’t always see water seepage in a basement though. It often starts very small and is unnoticeable. But if you know what to look for, you can get it taken care of before it becomes a costly problem as mentioned. Things you should be aware of and look for are:

  • Color change of concrete or masonry
  • Condensation on floors and walls during summer months
  • Damp and humid air
  • Deterioration of flooring
  • Odor of mildew and mold is present
  • Rotting wooden columns, headers, joists and sill plates
  • Saturated base along concrete block walls, presence of dampness ring
  • Staining on wall covering
  • Standing water
  • Water seepage on walls

A homeowner or property owner should take the time twice a year to examine their basement. Take a flash light and walk the entire area of the basement looking for seepage symptoms listed above. Some of these things, simple homeowner or property owner self-maintenance can be done.

However, it is well worth the expense to call in a professional every 2 or 3 years to look as well. They may find things that you can miss. And if you do see any signs of seepage listed above and can’t fix yourself, it is certainly worth the expense of calling in a professional.

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