Aside from the obvious signs: smell, moisture and water, what are some of the signs that you may have a leaky foundation? If asked that question, many homeowners may utter a deafening silence, as they contemplate their answer. Much like our pets, our homes will speak to us if we know how to listen. Typical homeowners have become accustomed to the occasionally needed home repair. As a result, they have become very astute at noticing minor issues, before they become major ones. However, some issues are not always obvious, unless you know what to look for. There are three signs that your foundation may have moisture issues, and you may not even be aware.
The smell of dampness is a telltale sign that moisture is present in a basement. Hence, you probably would not be surprised at the discovery of mold and mildew on the walls and floors of your basement. However, mold and mildew can be present without an odor. Often homeowners are not aware a damaging leak is present, if they do not smell moisture. Nevertheless, any signs of mold and mildew could indicate the need to seek a professional.
It can be particularly difficult to detect the signs of a leaky foundation when the basement is finished. Because the actual foundation wall is not exposed, water and moisture can cause major damage without you realizing it. However, signs of deteriorating wood floors and carpets, as well as the blistering of paint or wallpaper could be a sign that there is an issue.
That white powdery substance on the walls of your basement, efflorescence, is another sign there may be a problem with your foundation. Typically found on masonry, it can manifest itself in a variety of colors, however, white is most common. Unlike mold, efflorescence has not been proven to pose any health concerns, but it is a revealing sign that a moisture problem is present.
If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about moisture in your basement, contact us today. We would be happy to perform a free inspection of your foundation and answer any questions you may have.