Damp basements pose a major problem for homeowners. Not only can they result in structural damage, but they increase the odds you’ll experience mold or mildew. Long before water begins standing in your basement, it will begin giving clues that something’s amiss. Here are a few early warning signs of a damp basement.
#1. A Musty Odor
A common misconception many people have is that all basements smell musty. That’s not at all the case, as an area will only smell musty whenever there’s dampness. If your basement smells musty, you have at least a minor moisture problem that will only get worse if it’s not addressed.
#2. Peeling Paint
As water begins to seep through your blocks, you may notice peeling or cracked paint. Again, this is another sign that many people dismiss, believing that the paint is only peeling due to age. While paint does lose its luster over time, any peeling does warrant a further inspection. This is especially true if you notice water spots, mold, or mildew forming.
#3. Mold or Mildew
Basements can develop mold or mildew on walls, ceilings, and around water fixtures. Check your space every so often, paying special attention to the area around windows. If you notice spores, do not try to remove them yourself. Instead, contact one of our professionals to handle the job for you.
#4. Hairline Cracks in Walls
Many times, water enters basement walls through tiny, hairline cracks in the walls. The problem is that small cracks are rarely noticed until they become bigger, more problematic ones. That’s another reason why you should inspect your basement walls on a regular basis. Should you notice any cracks forming, it’s imperative you take immediate action in order to mitigate damage.
#5. Wet Basement Walls
The final stage before water begins standing in your basement is often wet walls. You may notice your walls are damp or that condensation is forming immediately following a rain. If you have wet basement walls, it probably won’t be too long until you see water standing in your floor. Having professional waterproofing at this stage is highly recommended.
Helping with all Stages of Damp Basements
Of course, these are only guidelines, as it’s possible to suddenly experience standing water for seemingly no reason at all. Regardless of your circumstances, if you notice a moisture issue, it’s time to take action. Here at Advanced Restoration and Waterproofing, we can successfully dry up basements with even severe water problems.
Of course, getting your basement dry is always easier when the problem is caught early on. Keep an eye out for any of the above signs and then contact us right away if you notice anything wrong.