5 Crucial Signs That Your Home Needs Foundation Waterproofing Mentor, OH
Entry of water and moisture into basements via the foundation is the reason why many basements are wet or damp. A wet or damp basement is not desired in your home because such an environment is conducive for the growth of mold. Mold poses a notable risk to your health and can also significant damage to your property.
Air that has a high moisture content also poses a bigger health risk in that in addition to promoting the growth of mold, it can also carry harmful pollutants such as mold spores, dust mites, nitrogen dioxide and many others for a prolonged period.
Foundation waterproofing eliminates both moisture transpiration and water seepage through the basement walls. Through foundation waterproofing, you can keep your basement dry and avoid the problems that are associated with damp or wet basements. For the best results, work with a professional foundation waterproofing service provider.
Here are some crucial indicators that your home needs foundation waterproofing.
- Puddles of water in the basement
The appearance of pools of water in your basement can be an indication that your foundation is porous. Cracks on the foundation can allow water and moisture to enter the basement whenever it rains or when there is a plumbing leak.
- Unpleasant smell in the basement
If there is an unexplained musty odor in your basement, there is a high chance that you are facing a mold problem. Mold grows in humid conditions and produces smelly compounds as it grows. The bad smell therefore indicates that your foundation is letting water or moisture into the basement.
- Visible mold
Besides having a bad smell in your basement, you may also see patches of mold on the foundation and basement walls, on the basement floor, and on structures such as the ceiling and drywall. All these signs show that your basement is damp and should be waterproofed.
- Signs of efflorescence
Efflorescence is the movement of salts through a porous material. If your foundation is porous, it will allow water from outside to pass through it. Salts dissolved in water will be deposited on your basement’s walls, and when they dry out, they form a crystalline or powdery substance. Sealing cracks in the foundation will eliminate this problem.
- Dry rot
Wooden structures undergo dry rot when their moisture content exceeds 20%. If you notice signs of dry rot on wooden structures such as door frames, furniture, staircases and others within your basement, then your basement probably has a high level of moisture and your foundation needs waterproofing.
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