Leaky basements can be a significant problem for homeowners. Water intrusion into a basement can cause structural damages to your home, attract mold and other pests, and damage your prized possessions.
The best way to deal with leaky basements is to hire the crawlspace and foundation repair professionals at American Crawlspace Solutions. There are several key warning signs that you have a leaky basement or crawlspace under your home.
Water Stains on Furniture and Boxes
Many families use their basement to store boxes and other possessions. If you observe water stains on furniture and boxes below your house, this indicates water seepage in the basement. You should check for standing water and other signs of moisture problems in the basement. If you detect any problem, it should be addressed immediately, before you suffer further water damage.
It may sound obvious, but standing water in your basement is a sure sign of a problem which needs to be addressed immediately. Often caused by small cracks in the foundation wall, groundwater can seep from the ground outside your foundation into your basement. In the case of basements with concrete floor slabs, there can be instances of water rising up through cracks developed in the floor, cause flooding of the basement from below the house. Water in your crawl space can lead to water damage, warping, or even damaging of your flooring causing structural damage to your house. When you see standing water in the basement or crawlspace, you should seek help from the foundation repair professionals at American Crawlspace Solutions immediately.
Wet and Musty Smell
One of the best ways to identify warning signs of a leaky basement or crawlspace is the presence of wet and musty odors inside your home. When you come across such an odor, especially after recent precipitation, it means there your home has a moisture problem. Most musty and wet odors are heightened and most noticeable during the rainy season. Hence you should check for these smells immediately after rains. If you notice a damp, musty smell in your home, it is time to contact ACS.
Another moisture-related warning sign is dampness on the walls of your basement or crawlspace. Wall dampness can sometimes cause moisture stains on walls. If you come across such dampness and moisture stains on your basement walls, you should allow the professionals at American Crawlspace Solutions to identify the cause of the problem. Early detection of the problem combined with preventive measures will keep your basement safe and dry.