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How Water Enters A Home

Solving the problem in only one of these areas can result in the problem moving to other areas.

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This page shows the water damage warning signs that you should be looking for.

Damp Spots & Staining On Walls

Are your basement walls “damp” when you touch them?  Do you see “wet” spots or staining?  These aren’t normal and are often signs of underlying problems with your foundation.

An unpainted block will turn darker gray when it’s wet. A painted wall will begin to chip and peel or you may see a “powdery” substance. A poured wall might show discoloration. In any case, there might be white or dark outlines surrounding the “damp” area, which means that it either leaked before, it is leaking now, or substantial moisture has been present in that area.

Click here to get more information about those damp spots or stains on our walls, what could be causing them and what to do. It’s always a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Mold & Mildew

Mold and mildew are living, breathing organisms that can grow, multiply and spread anywhere there is excessive moisture.  They breathe in air and give off particles, CO2 and other substances that can cause health issues if not mitigated.  Mold and mildew can grow almost anywhere in our basements where they have air, moisture and a source of food, including in or behind walls, inside your foundation blocks, in carpeting and even in furniture.   Undiagnosed, mold and mildew continue to spread in the basement, and can eventually find ways to enter the upper living areas of your home.

If you think you have mold or mildew in your basement, click here for more information.

Peeling, Flaking or Scaling Walls

Sometimes basement paint gets old.  When it does it can peel off the walls entirely or get just get “flaky”, leaving pieces or powder behind on your basement floors and uncovered patches on your walls. But this rarely happens just because the paint is old. And concrete never gets flaky just because it’s old. Often there are underlying problems causing your paint to peel or your concrete to flake.

Undiagnosed, these problems can worsen, perhaps even causing major structural issues with your foundation. If you are experiencing these issues in your basement, click here for more information.

Rust or Corrosion in the Basement

Rust might not seem like a major issue in the basement, but rust and metallic corrosion can compromise the steel and metals in your basement, potentially creating a safety hazard in more ways than just the obvious. Rust and corrosion occur when metals, such as iron or steel encounter air and moisture.  Once rust or corrosion begin, they continue to corrode the metal. Ignored over time, this condition can lead to degradation of the material, resulting in loss of strength or stability and potentially even failure.  To prevent basement rust and corrosion, you need to comprehensively deal with any moisture problems in this space.

Click here to learn more about rust and corrosion, and the issues they present in your basement.

Musty Odors or Smells From Your Basement

There’s nothing good about rotten, putrid or musty odors coming from your basement and unfortunately, they usually don’t go away on their own.  It’s bad enough when you smell them in the basement, but unattended, they usually begin to find their way upstairs.  These odors are often the result of the decay process associated with mold, mildew, dry rot and other issues in your basement, and some can even affect your health.

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Wood Rot

Dry rot and wet rot are a natural byproduct of wood decay in nature. But there is nothing “natural” about it when it happens in your home. Most homes are constructed with a large amount of wood, or timber. Wood rot is one of the most toxic forms of home damage. Left unattended, it can cause major damage to your home, including deteriorating floors and joists, support beams and other structural members of your home.

The cost of repairing the damage caused by this fungus can run into the tens of thousands of dollars,  generally requiring remediation by an expert. But before you repair the damage, you need to eliminate the cause. Click here to learn more.

Cracks In Your Basement

Basement cracks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and directions, and they all have different personalities depending on what causes them.  Cracks don’t happen “naturally” – they are caused by an external force acting on your basement walls, floor or even the footer below your foundation.  Here’s what you need to know, what causes each type of crack and when you need to call in a professional.  Click here for more information.

Warped Paneling

Wood is porous. It absorbs moisture. Warped paneling is a sign that excessive moisture exists, and you need to find out why. The good news: if you find the source, you can fix it so that your new paneling won’t warp. The bad news: you can’t repair warped paneling. You have to replace it.

Chalky or Powdery White Substance

Seeing white “powder” on your basement walls or even floors? Although you may not see or feel the water or moisture, this “powder” is a sign of water pressure known as “efflorescence”. That white outline, powder or spot you see is the calcium (lime) in the block or mortar leaching out under that pressure, weakening the structure. Left untreated, that pressure can cause expensive and even serious structural issues.  Click here to learn more!

Bugs and Pests

Bugs and pests like mice LOVE basements because they find the things they like or need there; things like high moisture levels, food and privacy. Most of these pests enter your home through holes or cracks in your foundation. Typical “cellar dwellers” are things like silverfish, earwigs, cockroaches, ants and mice that feed on decaying organic material and a variety of other things found in your basement. Other pests like centipedes and spiders are predators which feed on their fellow cellar dwellers. Insects and pests in the basement are often signs of larger issues with your foundation or your basement.

Click here to get more information on Western Pennsylvania “cellar dwellers”, what they eat, where they live and if they are a danger to you or your family.