Quite often, water can get into the house unnoticed, since it’s usually very quiet when sneaking in through cracks. Areas need to be fully sealed in order to keep water out. Over time buildings settle and materials deteriorate making your house more prone to water damage. Your house may be your biggest investment, so you’ll want to make sure to prevent water from seeping into areas such as the basement after a storm. This may not seem like a big deal if your basement is unfinished, but small leaks generally grow bigger with time if the area is not properly repaired. If you have a finished basement, a leak will be a major concern to you since it can cause damage to crown molding (by the floor), or even structural damage to pillars and supports.
It’s important to be notice the first signs of potential leaks to stop these leaks before they actually cause damage. The major signs you’ll want to watch out for are as follows:
Your basement should usually be a dry area (maybe with exception of your cold room), so if you are noticing a higher than normal level of humidity, you find out why this is happening. If you are noticing that it’s usually happening after rain or a storm, which results in your basement becoming humid, this may be a sign that you have leaks, or that the area is not properly sealed. A high level of humidity may not be harmful for you, but when your basement is exposed to this humidity for a long period of time, it can cause mold and deterioration. If your basement is always humid and there are no signs of leakage, it may be coming from a door that leads outside, in which case you may want to consider purchasing a dehumidifier as an effective way in lowering the levels of humidity.
2. Smell (odours)
You basement should not have any funky smells or lingering odours. If your basement smells funny or damp all the time, this could be a sign that there is mold accumulating. Mold will almost always follow in areas of high moisture, causing damage, and can produce spores, which can lead to breathing disorders if you’re exposed to it for a period of time. If you are able to find the source of mold, it would be best to remove it and then paint over the surface with mold-resistant paint to keep the mold from coming back. At this point, you will need to find the cause of the mold, because the underlying problem and reason for having mold is usually from outside moisture seeping in. It’s best to get your basement inspected to find the root cause of otherwise the mold will likely appear again.
Sometimes cracks in the basement walls can look harmless. Sometimes these cracks show signs of being sealed and repaired. Sealants and quick fixes may work temporarily, but in the long run the area will need to be waterproofed to ensure the situation will not get worse. If you notice many cracks in your basement walls, it’s a good idea to get your basement inspected by a professional. This is the only way you’ll know that you’ll be protected from major storms and minor floods that could result in a wet basement.
If you have any questions or concerns and you’re in Southern Ontario, or in the Greater Toronto Area, please contact the experts at Aquamaster Drain Plumbing & Waterproofing Inc. We will be happy to answer your questions, or even come check out the situation to give you peace of mind.