4 Stages of Basement Problems From Water Leaks
Cracked walls, puddles of water and musty smells are like headaches - they’re each a symptom that is caused by something else entirely.
These symptoms are actually warning signs of foundation problems, most often caused by water seeping through or pressing against foundation walls.
The combination of warning signs, your home’s foundation type, and the amount of time over which damage has been occurring, will all tell you the severity of damage to your house. Below are indications of water seepage or foundation problems, increasing by level of severity.
Water is one of the most powerful forces on Earth, and is one of the leading causes of damage to house foundations. The first indications that water is leaking into your basement are damp walls and discoloration of walls. At this stage, a problem is evident, and will worsen over time if ignored.
Walls appear to be sweating or are wet to the touch.
“Sweat stains” or watermarks from prolonged exposure to excessive moisture or water.
This level of damage is evidence that water has been seeping into your basement and your foundation has been under stress for a significant period of time. Your family’s health may be at risk, and repairs to your foundation are required in addition to waterproofing your basement.
Paint on the walls is bubbling and/or flaking off.
White deposits of salt on foundation walls.
Narrow cracks in concrete walls that are barely perceptible.
Fungi of varying colors that is caused by excessive moisture that can cause allergic or toxic reactions in human beings.
At this stage, the solutions available to repair your leaky basement or damaged foundation are limited. Reinforcement or replacement of at least portions of your walls may be required. The risks to your family’s safety have increased dramatically and you may notice the onset of respiratory problems.
The passage of water through porous building materials or foundation cracks.
The beginning stages of breakage or separation of all or portions of the wall.
Bottom Block Decay
Rotting or decomposition of concrete blocks or bricks used to build house foundations.
The beginning stages of breakage or separation of portions or all of the floor.
The structural integrity of your home has reached an unsafe level and your home is in need of emergency repairs. Rebuilding or reinforcing your foundation may be required to ensure safe living conditions for your family.
The accumulation of dirt from broken or damaged plumbing or drainage pipes.
Inward and downward movement of walls from externally applied pressure.
The inability of a home’s foundation to properly support a given weight.
Any vertical or horizontal change in physical location of a home.
When Should You Seek Foundation Repair?
The longer the warning signs of structural damage or basement leaks are ignored, the more expensive fixing the problem will be. But warning signs of structural damage or basement leaks alone do not indicate the actual cause of the damage being done to your home. Too many factors need to be evaluated to determine what is causing damage to your home. Until the cause of the problem is understood, any foundation repairs attempted run the risk of being the wrong repair.
Take advantage of our FREE 68 Point Inspection of your home’s foundation conducted by certified foundation specialists.
Any foundation repairs made by Keystone Basement Systems are regularly maintained and backed by our Lifetime Warranty.