A basement plays an important role in a home. You can use it to store water tanks, like a garage, like a laundry room, or as a living space among other uses. These functions are only possible if the basement is well maintained and in livable condition. Damp basements are not only unhealthy but also signal the need for repair due to possible water damage. Below are five signs that your basement systems need repair.
- Cracks on the walls and floor
The presence of cracks on the walls and floor of your basement is not a good sign. While some types of cracks, such as vertical cracks, don’t indicate much damage to the basement, they still have to be fixed because they are likely to cause water seepage into the basement.
Diagonal cracks indicate some level of damage to the foundation and need to be repaired to avoid further damage and percolation of water into the basement. Horizontal cracks indicate significant foundation damage and need to be repaired urgently.
Floor cracks also indicate foundation damage and are likely to let water seep into the basement if left unrepaired.
- Wood rot
Wood rot in a basement is a sign that water or moisture is finding its way into the basement. This is because the fungi that cause wood rot thrive in damp conditions. You can save your basement systems from wood rot by doing repairs such as crack repair and basement waterproofing.
Rusting also signals the presence of water or moisture in the basement. This is because rusting takes place when iron or any of its different alloys – such as steel – have a reaction with oxygen in the presence of moisture. Therefore, dampness will cause rusting of basement systems such as water pipes, ducts, and other installations.
- Evidence of efflorescence
Efflorescence refers to the movement of salt solutions through a permeable material like concrete. The salt is eventually deposited on the surface of the material. If you see a chalky deposit on the surface of your basement walls, this means that the walls are porous and need to be waterproofed to avoid water damage.
- Presence of mold or mildew
The growth of mold or mildew in the basement also suggests that the basement is damp. The presence of mold or mildew is associated with a musty smell that causes allergies. You should repair your basement to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
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