Many homeowners believe that when their homes need foundation waterproofing it will be obvious to them, like a flooded basement. However,sometimes the situation with your foundation will already be in dire need by the time your basement is flooding. Recovering from a flooded basement is not only expensive but extremely difficult as well. You not only have to deal with all the damaged property but then you have to to clean up and waterproof the basement.
Identifying the signs that you need foundation waterproofing early will mean that you can avoid a terrible experience of spending a lot of time and money on recovering your water damaged property and cleaning your basement after a flood. You will only have to worry about the waterproofing and be sure that your property is safe from moisture damage.
The image illustartes a before and after of our work in a basement needing waterproofing in New Castle , Delaware
Some signs that you may need
waterproofing in your basement
A Musty Odor from the Basement
A musty or dank odor that comes from the basement is possibly a sign of a mold infestation. If this is the case, you may have a water seepage problem in your basement. Getting rid of the mold alone won’t remedy the situation for the long term. As long as your basement remains damp, the mold infestation will keep coming back.
If you suspect you see mold in your basement it si best to contact someone ASAP!
Shimmers on Your Wall
Has your basement wall become sparkly? It may be the result of the formation of efflorescence on the basement walls.
Efflorescence happens when water evaporates from the walls and leaves behind salt deposits. These deposits look like a white or grayish ash on the walls, sometimes with a bit of a sparkle. Even though the water has evaporated, seeing those deposits on the wall should alert you that it has found a way into your basement.
Presence of Radon Gas
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world. Radon gas in the soil and rock can move into the air and into underground water and surface water.
Radon gas given off by soil or rock can enter buildings through cracks in floors or walls; construction joints; or gaps in foundations around pipes, wires, or pumps. Radon levels are usually highest in the basement or crawl space. This level is closest to the soil or rock that is the source of the radon. Therefore, people who spend much of their time in basement rooms at home or at work have a greater risk for being exposed.