These days, basement leaks are almost as common as rain itself. It’s always important to watch for signs of leaks, fix them as soon as possible, and properly maintain the area around your foundation to prevent future leaks.
Water in your basement does not always signify a basement leak. Your foundation is at the bottom of your house and gravity doesn’t always work in our favor. If not from a wall itself the water can be coming from pipes, windows, bricks or condensation from humidity.
As a preemptive strike against a basement leak, do your best to ensure there is no water buildup around your foundation: Direct water from eaves troughs away from your house, plant gardens away from your foundation, slope landscape away from house, keep eaves troughs and window wells clean and free of debris. Also make sure to keep bricks visible when putting anything up against your house such as a deck, garden or interlocking.
To find your specific problem and how to fix it view our services. However, if you cannot see a direct leak or you have a finished basement it may be difficult to know you have a problem or what it is. Though no words are exchanged, your basement has a way of telling you something is wrong. If you notice any of the following it may be time to call your basement leak specialist.
- Damp spots
- Peeling paint
- Warped paneling
- Mold and mildew
- Musty smell
- Lifting floor tiles
- Stains on concrete
- Moldy carpet
- Cracked walls
- Wall movement
- Water seepage
- White powdery residue (efflorescence)
- Cracked cinderblocks or masonry joints
- Swollen wood and furniture
- Ceramic tiles are darker
If you have a damp wall but can’t spot a leak a moisture test may eliminate some guessing. Place a 2ft x 2ft square of plastic (not saran wrap) on your basement wall, sealing all around with duct tape. Leave for two hours. If there is water on the plastic facing the wall, you have a basement leak. If there is water on the outside of the plastic, you have condensation and a dehumidifier should resolve the problem (new houses have higher humidity levels).
If you have a leak it should be fixed as soon as possible for the following reasons:
Leaks lower the value of your home
Furniture and finishings can get damaged
A leak is messy to clean up
Mold build up from unattended leaks causes health problems such as asthma, headaches, nose bleeds etc.
If a small crack is not fixed it will expand and could become a structural issue damaging the integrity of your entire house.
If you finish a basement before resolving all water leaks the drywall will have to continuously be replaced or mold will grow. (we advise getting an inspection of your basement for any potential leaks prior to finishing your basement to prevent any damage afterwards).