Water intrusion can seriously damage your home. Not only can it cause structural damage, but it can also result in several health problems. As a homeowner, it’s important to consider the benefit of investing in basement waterproofing, especially if you notice any of the common signs listed below.

Signs You Might Need to Waterproof Your Basement

  • Mold growth

Mold loves growing in musty, damp, and dark places making your basement its ideal home when exposed to water. Although typically harmless, in larger quantities, mold releases spores that can be inhaled into the lungs causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems. In addition, mold can also compromise the structural integrity of your home. To prevent mold from spreading in your basement, eliminate as much moisture as possible with basement waterproofing. 

  • Bug infestation

Like mold, bugs also enjoy wreaking havoc on areas that are dark and have a lot of moisture. It’s common for bug infestations to happen in basements which contain small cracks in the walls that allow them to crawl through. These cracks also allow additional water and moisture to make its way into your basement, promoting the likelihood of bug infestations to happen. To avoid this problem, consider investing in basement waterproofing.

  • A musty odour

A musty odour is a telltale sign of water leaking into your basement. When water is left in dark areas, bacteria and other microorganisms can grow which can lead to a foul and unpleasant smell. This odour will keep occurring unless you stop the excess moisture from entering your basement by waterproofing the room.

  • Water stains

Water stains are a classic sign that water is seeping into your home. Not only does this damage your drywall and flooring but it can also damage your foundation. This can compromise the structural integrity of your home which is why it is important to waterproof your basement as a preventative measure.

  • Bowed or cracked walls and floor

Depending on the types of soils around the foundation of your basement, bowed or cracked walls and floors can be signs of water damage. After raining, water can cause the soil to become saturated and expand. Over time, the walls around the basement may start curving, bowing, or bulging. Since this change is often subtle and unnoticeable, the problem may be left unfixed for long periods of time, leaving even more structural damage. Be sure to always check your home carefully for any sign of bowed or cracked walls. 

Takeaway

Always look out for signs indicating that you need basement waterproofing. Never hesitate to contact us for further information or to waterproof your basement!