What Water Damage Signs Should I Look for in My Basement?

How do you know if your basement is letting water in? Look for these signs, explained by USS Project Manager Rob Myers.

Hi, I’m Rob Myers, senior project manager with United Structural Systems. I’m sometimes asked, “What signs of water damage should a homeowner be on alert for?”

Water in the basement is often a result of poor grading along the foundation wall or clogged gutters. It could also be a failing foundation drain system or an agin waterproofing membrane.

There are three ways that water can enter into your basement: over the seal plate, through the wall, or underneath the concrete slab. Sometimes water damage is obvious. Other times it’s not. In a finished basement, look for signs of water damage, such as wet carpet or a musty smell. Water trapped underneath basement floors is under hydrostatic pressure. It can enter through cracks in the slab or along the coadjoint. The coadjoint is the are where the slab meets the basement wall.

On basement walls, you’ll notice streaking or staining along the foundation wall, or water entering through cracks in the wall. If you notice cracks in the wall, look for signs of a bowing basement wall. If the wall is bowing, it should be addressed immediately. A bowing basement wall can affect the structural integrity of your home.

If you do have signs of water damage, you want to make sure to have your home inspected to make sure that your home’s foundation is not in jeopardy. We’ll be happy to talk wit you about questions you may have about water in your crawlspace or basement. We guarantee our best, call USS.

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