As time passes, and due to natural wear and tear, you will have to repair your basement. Because water will always take the path of least resistance, it will continually pressurize the concrete barriers and erode the concrete and as it permeates through the soil surrounding the foundation of a home.
Way before a basement becomes flooded, there are many signs that indicate that there is a need to perform repairs or take preventive measures. Homeowners might not link some of these symptoms with infiltration of water in the basement. Therefore, they need to check for the following eight things;
1) Wall or Floor Stains
Do not ignore any traces of stains on walls, basement floors or carpets and floors of the adjacent upper level. Examine the stains closely, even though they may probably have been caused by an overflowing washing machine or someone may have spilled some liquid from a jug. It may indeed be symptoms of seepage as a result of outside water infiltration.
While there should be a different feel to the basement when compared to the other rooms in the home, you should not experience a weird smell on entry. Usually, appliances create humidity that may take time to diffuse and fade away, but it should not be sufficient to create an unpleasant odor. If you experience a constant musty odor, there might be hidden and excessive moisture that is producing mold and mildew. Moreover, examine other sections as you try to identify the bad odor. If you detect the smell of sewage as you potter around the yard, this may indicate you have a problem in the basement.
3) Glimmering on Walls or Floors
Watch out for a gleam when light falls on the floors and walls of your basement at certain angles. The gleam is not some type of dazzling natural special effects on the concrete. Rather, it is natural light cast by mineral deposits that are attached to the concrete once water has evaporated.
4) Chronic Illness
Persistent illness and symptoms can directly be linked to specific types of harmful molds. If your family is continually affected by flu, the culprit could be a wet basement. If it is suspected that the flu is mold-related, the medical issue must promptly be dealt while at the same time ensuring that the mold-infested wet basement is sorted out. Molds are toxic and these illnesses can potentially be fatal if they remain untreated ,especially if victims remain exposed to the mold. Signs of Mold-related illness include headache, joint pains in the morning, sinus congestion, chronic cough, numbness and tingling of the skin, fatigue, abdominal problems like diarrhea and bloating, photosensitivity vision issues and elevated thirst.
5) Water from Outside
Homeowners often ignore Puddles and other pooled water in the home. They fail to connect the soggy sections of the compound with wet basements. Infiltration of water in an underground room can usually be attributed to water from above the ground. The water that that is responsible for wet basements is most probably connected to ground water, surface water or man-made issues such as leaking pipes. If there is any water in your home that is not draining off properly,it might lead to water infiltrating your basement. In case you observe stagnant water in your yard treat, find out why it is not draining and address the issue immediately.
If soil is an issue you may need to perform soil remediation in order to deal with the issue. Find out if your house is situated in an area with a high water table or underground springs. You might need to employ special waterproofing procedures. Establish whether the pipes in your house are old and determine if your home or your neighbor has an outdoor water construction that has leaking pipes underneath the ground. Alternatively, whereas your property may have a properly functioning drainage system, the runoff from neighbor may be entering your property. The drainage in your home may not cope with the excess water.
6) Rusty Metal Parts
When you leave a new and shiny nail in a water puddle after some time, it will look like something from an old, rundown house as a result of rust. High levels of humidity due to a wet basement may have an effect on the whole house. Examine the nails that support your photos hanging on your walls. Check the metallic parts of furniture like the feet to see if rust is developing. Inspect your electrical box and watch out for emerging rust patches.
7) Swollen Timber
When timber is left in a water bucket, it size will increase rapidly as it absorbs moisture like a dry sponge. Wet basements produce excessive moisture in the air which will be absorbed by the wooden supports around the floor joists and doorways. In case you feel there are ripples beneath or you need to ram the doors hard when closing, it might be as a result of wood getting swollen due to moisture.
You might be criticizing the exterminator service for offering poor services, yet it is not their fault. Many insects are attracted by a damp, cool surroundings. If your basement has been infiltrated by water, this might result in an environment that is perfect for the breeding of bugs down below. Water-proof your wet basement instead of concentrating too much on extermination.
When you identify that you have a water problem in your basement, it is time to call in the professionals. As a homeowner, the solution you expect will depend on how water is infiltrating your property. The perimeter grade surrounding your home may not be channeling the water run-off away from your property. Maybe gutters are making puddles instead of guiding the water outwards. Perhaps the roots of trees and shrubs have pierced their way into the stressed piping or foundation walls. A certified technician will conduct a professional inspection. Skilled engineers will formulate a solution to solve your problems. As soon as the source of water has been identified and the problems solved, the basement walls will be sealed using the latest techniques and modern products. Please get in touch with us and our respected team will appraise and solve your wet basement issue.