There are all kinds things that could point to water problems in your basement, such as mold and mildew growth or high humidity levels. However, if you take a look at just one structural component of the basement you can easily diagnose and understand many of your moisture issues. If your basement walls could talk, you could really learn a lot about what needs to be done for waterproofing purposes to rectify the situation. The walls may not speak aloud, but they can definitely have things to tell you. Here are a few signs of water and moisture damage on your basement walls that could speak volumes about the problem.
Chalky Mineral Deposits - Even rainwater or water seeping in from the ground is full of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Take a good look at your walls and look for signs of white, chalky reside. Even if the walls feel completely dry, it is possible for some of these mineral deposits to make their way inside of your basement through minimal amounts of seepage from outside. In most cases, this kind of issue can be resolved with simple waterproofing sealants applied to the walls of your basement.
Spalling of Masonry and Bricks - Spalling is a term that describes what happens when the internal materials of brick and stone start to absorb moisture over time. The bricks may swell out or even appear to protrude from its position in the wall. In extreme cases, spalling will cause entire walls to collapse. However, if caught early, the affected bricks or stones can be replaced and waterproofing sealers can be applied to keep the problem from occurring again.
Crumbling and Chipping - Crumbling and chipping of the concrete or block walls that you have in your basement is a sure-fire sign that they have been overly-exposed to water or moisture. Prolonged exposure will cause a reaction similar to dry rot in wood and other materials and is often and after effect of spalling. If you have issues with crumbling, it is likely that a waterproofing professional will have to replace some parts of the existing wall.
If you think that your walls are trying to talk to you about moisture damage, it is best to get in touch with a waterproofing service as soon as possible. You will likely have to have some repairs, but the sooner you can catch on to an issue, the less likely it will be that you see major problems in the future.Share
24 June 2015
A few years ago when I bought my first home, I had no idea the problems I would encounter. Soon after moving in, I realized that the bathroom was filled with water problems and that the garage door opener ceased to function. After fixing a few leaks and replacing a motor, things started to work a little better. However, I couldn't get over how difficult it was to spot the issues in the first place. On my website, you will learn how to find issues and repair them, so that you don't have to face the same trouble I did.