Understanding How Water Enters Your Basement

A damp leaky basement can cause:
  1. Termites and Insects
  2. Mildew and Mold
  3. Dry Rot
  4. Weakening of Support Beams
  5. Rusting Furnaces
  6. Crumbling of Walls
  7. Loss of Valuable Living Space
  8. Electrical Hazards
  9. Health Hazards
  10. Deterioration of Property Value

The Stages of Water Damage to the Foundation of Your Home.

    Stage One
  • Damp smell
  • Damp spots start to reveal themselves
  • Mold and mildew on items in basement
  • Discoloration of foundation
  • Some efflorescence but no visible water
  • Possible blistering of paint

    Stage Three
  • Cove area seeping water causing damage to paneling,
    dry wall, carpet and furniture
  • Creating conditions favorable to insects
  • Possibly a small amount of silt in cove area
    Stage Two
  • Possibly some actual water in the cove area
  • Wall or floor are wet to the touch
  • Combination of signs from the first stage
    Stage Four
  • Mud and heavy water start coming into the basement
  • There could be holes in the walls
  • This is the last stage before replacing the foundation

Other Serious Water Infiltration Issues

  • Health Hazards such as fungus and mildew thrives in high humidity in a moist basement. Allergies, chronic colds and related respiratory ailments may result.

  • Electrical Hazards from exposed wires and outlets. Water is a conductor of electricity.

  • Rotted Support Beams. Water, rodents and insects such as termites invade the home through foundation cracks. Seven out of ten houses with termite problems are totally undetected until it is too late.

  • Decreased Home Value. Homes with visible mold growth may prohibit you from refinancing or prevent a potential buyer from obtaining a mortgage. A wet basement
    can decrease the resale value of your home by as much as 25%.
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