We just found a great article titled 8 Signs of Basement Waterproofing Problems for House Hunters. We could have written an article ourselves, but this post covers everything and why re-invent the wheel?
This article helps pinpoint the common and not so common signs that moisture may be an issue in basement. Don’t be fooled by the finished basement aesthetics, home sellers will try anything to hide the lurking and hard to fix issue of basement water damage. The goal of this post is to help you better understand what to look for so that you’ll be a basement waterproofing guru.
Here’s a quick summary of things you should look for to determine if a basement shows signs of water damage:
- A musty odor is your first clue, you know the smell. It’s only caused by moisture, so be weary.
- Visible mold, the black dirty looking stuff, it’s nasty. Also comes in white and green varieties and is very serious to your health.
- A white, chalky substance called efflorescence. It’s not serious to your health, but a sign of moisture.
- Cracks in the walls or floor won’t get better and allow water seepage.
- Bowed walls are a sure sign of water infiltration, they can be fixed but it’s a sure sign of moisture that shouldn’t be there.
- Do the windows have water lines? This shouldn’t be the case, so that will need to be looked at and fixed.
- Are there water lines running down the walls, well that’s an obvious sign of a water problem.
Please take a deeper look at these issues and read the original article. You’ll also want to make sure you have a fail safe in place once you do purchase a home with a basement.
A perfect solution is a cellular sump pump alarm, like the PitBoss for instance, so you can avoid the hassle of water damage. Happy house hunting!