Basement Flooding Warning Signs
Imagine that you have just put the finishing touches to your brand new office, entertainment center or extra guest room. Unfortunately, this extra addition was completed in the basement of your home and a leak found its way in flooding the room and wiping out all your hard work.
A basement is prone to flooding, because it is literally the lowest level of a house, sometimes even built underground. Apart from the repairs that will be necessary, imagine also having to get rid of irreplaceable family heirlooms, storage and furniture that were stored in the basement. This is why looking out for basement flooding warning signs is vital to keeping your basement in prime condition. Being well versed in the causes of basement flooding and knowing how to prevent leaks can save you a lot of time and money.
Water will generally take the path of least resistance, meaning it doesn’t force its way into the basement. These are the six most common ways through which water can enter your home.
- Through the wall
- Through the floor
- Through cracks in the foundation of the house
- Through the windows
- In the seams between the wall and floor
- Clogged rain gutters can dump all the water against the foundation of a home increasing the likelihood of water entering the home.
A basement can be flooded during a winter storm, a rapid snowmelt during spring or even during dry weather. Apart from ruining your possessions and causing a huge mess, leaks and flooding can also cause more severe problems. These include, but are not limited to:
- Unpleasant odors
- Harmful molds – mold only needs 20% moisture to grow and creates a health hazard
- Humidity and damp air
- Structural damage that can negatively affect the appeal and value of your home
Obviously, if water is pooling in your basement then it is probably already too late to look out for basement flooding warning signs and time to call for professional help. Fortunately basement leaks are not uncommon and we are very familiar with all types of flooding.
Here at Triad Basement Waterproofing we can help you prevent leaks and flooding in your basement. However if your basement has already been damaged then we can also fix that. Check out our list of services and don’t hesitate to contact us for all your basement and structural needs! With more than 27 years of experience in the industry we have developed unique and advanced solutions for basement water seepage, mold issues, damaged foundations and more. All of our services also come hand in hand with a lifetime warranty. Although seeing water on the floor of your basement is a tell tale sign of a problem there are other warnings that surface, which you may not know to look out for. Here is a comprehensive list for warning signs of a leaky basement, which we have compiled to help you look out for and prevent flooding in your basement.
Warning signs to Look Out For:
- Water trickling out of walls
- Standing water on floor
- Saturated base of concrete block walls–a ring of dampness
- Damp, humid air
- Condensation on cold walls and floor in summer
- Odor, mold, and mildew
- Deterioration of carpet or wood
- Rot and decay of wood headers, joists, sill plates, and columns
- Staining and blistering of wall covering
- Efflorescence, spalling of concrete or mason
Clay Silt – Substrate particles smaller than sand and larger than clay.
Efflorescence – A white crystalline or powdery, often fuzzy/fluffy deposit on the surface of masonry materials like concrete, brick, clay tile, etc. It’s caused by water seeping through the wall/floor/object. The water dissolves salts inside the object while moving through it, and then evaporates leaving the salt on the surface.
Drylock Flake – Vapor barrier for basements, attics and crawl spaces.
Water Seepage – Water forced through a porous material or soil. The act or process of seeping; percolation.
Rust – Iron oxide that forms when exposed to oxygen and moisture.
Rotted Wood – Moisture related decomposition by natural processes.
Mold – Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Penicillin) with spores that float in the air like pollen. Mold is common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom.
Window Well Water – Water collects inside the window well shell and creates pressure on the window and seals. Using caulk or replacing windows does not fix this problem. Many basements have flooded from window wells alone.
Wall Cracks – The movement of soil beneath the foundation caused by water erosion causes wall cracks and structural failure.