Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

2 Signs That You Need To Take Action In Waterproofing Your Basement

by Jill Jenkins

If you are not concerned about a flood, you should know that all 50 states have experienced floods over the past five years. If your area does have a flood, the water can easily get into your basement if it is not properly waterproofed. You don't have to have a flood, however, for your basement to have a water leak. Below are two signs that you should watch out for in case you do have this problem in your basement.

Mold and Mildew

Water in damp and dark areas is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, and if you have any kind of water leak in your basement, then you likely have it around somewhere. Water leaks can cause peeling paint or you may notice dampness when you touch the walls or floor. Walk through your basement periodically and look closely for any mold and mildew. Some areas you may find it include:

  • Furniture
  • Storage boxes
  • Ducts and vents
  • Plumbing pipes
  • Wall cavities
  • Floor
  • Walls

Mold can be due to other things, such as high humidity. This is because when the humidity is high, condensation builds up.

You may smell an odor in your basement if you have mold and mildew. Mold generally has a pungent smell, especially when it is confined in one area, such as a basement. Because mold can easily start behind wallpaper or within the walls, you will likely not smell anything until the problem has become much worse.

Water Around Foundation

Walk outside and look around your foundation after it has rained and look for puddles of standing water. Any standing water can seep through the foundation concrete and get into your basement.

This could happen if you have a slope in your yard that makes the water gather there, or the soil could be very compacted. In a case like this, the water cannot seep into the ground. No matter the cause, you can easily take care of this problem by installing a French drain. This drain will direct water away from your foundation to another area away from your home, such as a storm drain or a nearby ditch.

Any standing water can seep through the foundation concrete and get into your basement. If you have this problem, installing a French Drain can take care of it.

Contact a waterproofing company in your area (such as State Wide Waterproofing) to come to your home and waterproof your basement for you. This will ensure it is done properly.