Basements provide much needed space for entertainment and storage in a home. But they can also pose a problem if you have a leaky or damp and musty basement. Whether you are buying a new home or taking care of your existing family home, it’s important to keep your eyes open for signs of water damage.
Signs You May Need to Waterproof Your Home
- Cracks in the walls or floor. If you see a crack developing in the cement wall of your basement don’t let it go unnoticed. It’s important to address it before the crack gets bigger.
- Mildew. You shouldn’t smell a damp, mildew odor when you go into the basement. If you have a dehumidifier and it’s still too damp smelling in the basement, it’s important to get help.
- Mold. If you see mold growing on the walls, furniture, or carpet in the basement, be alarmed. That’s a serious sign you need to take waterproofing steps to improve the situation. Not only can mildew cause damage to items stored in the basement, but it can cause health issues by breathing in the mold spores.
- Bulging walls or foundation. This is an indication that damage is occurring and needs to be checked out right away. A professional can repair this with steel bracing.
- Window wells with accumulated water. If water builds up in your basement window wells, you need to unclog the drain. Left untreated it can lead to water seeping into the basement.
Most Common Ways Water Leaks into the Basement
If you have flooding in your basement, it’s time to do a visual inspection to find out where the leaking is coming from. Most common sources are wall, floor, cracks in the foundation, window wells, and seams between the wall and floor.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage in the Basement
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your basement flood free.
- Clean your gutters. Make sure they are hanging property, and free from debris or leaks. This keeps drainage working properly so you don’t experience back ups and flooding.
- Check your sump pump periodically. Test it to make sure it’s working properly. Check the operation of the float to make sure it is not restricted. Clean out the air hole in the discharge line. Listen for any unusual noises when the motor is running. Replace the battery on the back-up sump pump every 2 or 3 years.
- Install back flow valves. if you’re susceptible to the water from a sewer backing up in your house, placing a back flow valve will protect you from that.
- Check air conditioning drain line annually. Over time, this drain can become clogged with dirt and debris and needs to be cleaned. There are various ways to clean out an air conditioner condensate drain, and two popular methods are pouring white vinegar or bleach down the line to clear clogs.
An Ounce of Prevention Saves Time, Money and Trouble When it Comes to Waterproofing
Follow these tips to prevent water damage in your basement. If you’d like a professional inspection to spot signs of damage, let us know. At, MD Waterproofing, we are Maryland’s trusted experts in spotting, fixing, and repairing damage from water in the home. Call us today at (866) 978-2763 to find out more!