Common basement waterproofing problem signs and symptoms
Water stains - While not every basement water stain is a serious issue, it is important to understand that there are different types of stains and each have their respective diagnosis and solution. Water stains can result from rust stains, dark mold stains, and efflorescence. While these different types of stains tell us different things, the common culprit is water intrusion.
Wet walls - Wet walls in your basement is generally a sign of foundation water intrusion from a crack in the foundation wall and possible waterproofing system issues. There are several different repair solutions depending on the diagnosis of whether the root of the problem is a foundation issue or a waterproofing issue, or both.
Mold - Visible mold on paneling, drywall, and carpets is potentially the result of water penetration whether through foundation cracks or a failed waterproofing or drain system.
Condensation - The warmer the air is in your basement, the more moisture it can hold. When this air is cooled it often has to release moisture. Condensation can develop when you have relatively warm, moist air contacting the cool surface of the walls causing droplets to form on your basement walls. Condensation is generally observed in a humid basement where their may not be proper insulation. There are several different repair solutions for condensation depending on the diagnosis of the issue.
Wet floor - A wet floor in your basement is generally a sign of foundation water intrusion from a crack in the foundation wall and possible waterproofing system issues. There are several different repair solutions depending on the diagnosis of whether the root of the problem is a foundation issue or a waterproofing issue, or both.
Efflorescence - Efflorescence is the migration of a salt to the surface of the concrete where it forms a coating. The process involves the dissolving of an internal salt in the concrete in water. The water migrates to the surface and evaporates, leaving behind a coating of salt. Efflorescence on concrete walls is a sign that water is entering the walls and will cause further deterioration of the concrete and steel reinforcement. Foundation repair along with basement waterproofing is generally warranted.
Sump pump issues - Sump pumps are designed to eject water from around and below your foundation to the exterior and away from the foundation. When sump pumps fail or aren't functioning properly they can lead to a variety of problem signs including foundation settlement, water on the floor, walls, and mold in your basement.
Musty smell - Musty odors in your basement can be caused by a number of things, but generally are signs of mold and mildew build up. The foul smell is caused by mold and mildew building up and releasing nasty gasses. There are several different solutions depending on the diagnosis of the root of the problem issue.
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