For many homeowners, the basement is a room that falls into the “out of sight, out of mind” category. While this part of your house may not be a part of everyday life, it’s a room that should get attention — especially when it comes to monitoring water damage. Whether due to faulty sump pumps or leaking pipes, poor moisture control can contribute to structural damage and health hazards. To help you avoid serious consequences, here are some indications that your basement needs professional water damage restoration.
Mold is a class of fungus that tends to grow in damp, humid environments. If you spot mold growing or smell a musty odor anywhere in the basement, you likely have a moisture control problem. You can clean the mold, but the problem will only be controlled if you address the source of the excess moisture, such as a leaking water heater, broken pipe, or poorly sealed window.
Leaks often cause building materials, such as wood and drywall, to rot and become discolored. Excess moisture — especially when due to foundation leaks — can also cause a problem known as efflorescence. In simple terms, efflorescence is a chalky white buildup that can develop when water evaporates and leaves behind mineral deposits.
Hairline cracks — particularly those in concrete or brick — are to be expected over time as the house settles. Usually, they don’t present a serious risk. However, if the cracks are horizontal or step-shaped, you may need professional damage restoration services. These cracks point to foundation damage and can allow moisture to seep into the basement, causing more structural harm over time.
Whether due to a leaking pipe or cracked foundation, water damage within a wall can be hard to spot at first. Often, peeling paint is one of the first signs of trouble. This issue occurs when moisture builds up within a wall and seeps through, causing the paint to detach and flake off.
Improper yard drainage, floods, and broken sump pumps can cause excess water damage under the home. If extensive enough, the moisture could damage the foundation or cause soil erosion. Over time, these problems can cause the floor to sink.
To learn more, call Cincinnati Basement Waterproofing & Drainage today at (513) 898-9723.