This 5-Minute Test Shows Why You Have Damp Basement Walls
Just because your basement isn’t flooding doesn’t mean it’s waterproof. This simple test will help you identify water leakage before it threatens the structural security of your home.
Many homeowners believe that if there are no visible signs of a wet basement, their homes must be waterproof. It isn’t until they discover mold, white powder, or cracking and bowing walls in their basements that they realize their mistake. This simple test can help you identify the cause of water accumulation on basement walls and prevent serious property damage.
If you have water condensation, this is a result of excess moisture in the air caused by humidity. A change in weather can cause condensation to form on cold basement walls and floors, which leads to increased humidity. Open the door to your basement at least once a month to promote air circulation and use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
If you found water penetration, we’re sorry to say this is indicative of a larger issue – structural damage. Water penetration can be caused by a number of things including overflowing gutters or downspouts that discharge rainwater at the foundation, and cracked foundation walls. If this test reveals that water penetration is your culprit, we recommend hiring a certified basement waterproofing contractor in Pittsburgh to design a solution that fits your home.
Wet basements are breeding grounds for harmful molds that can cause headaches, stuffy noses and other respiratory problems. Find out how Keystone Basement Systems can protect your home from mold by identifying the source of water seepage causing mold growth.
Have you tried the aluminum foil test? Has water caused damage in your basement? Tell us about it in a comment below!