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3 Facts About Waterproofing that Will Blow Your Mind

A moist basement can take a serious toll on your health as well as the structural integrity of your home.

A moisture problem in your basement can lead to a multitude of problems, and not all of them are cosmetic. A moist basement can take a serious toll on your health as well as the structural integrity of your home. You may feel that you do not require basement waterproofing because you live in an area that is not prone to flooding. But basements are prone to moisture problems in almost any environment, and you should be vigilant that these issues do not persist. Here are a few signs you should look into basement waterproofing.

  • Musty Smell

We have all walked into a basement and noticed a distinct musty smell. You might be inclined to think that this odor simply comes with the territory of basements. However, this smell could be a sign that there is a deeper moisture issue at hand. A mildew-like smell indicates that there is decaying material at hand. If the cause of this smell cannot be ascertained, consider hiring a professional to check it out. Basement waterproofing could be the solution. Besides, no one wants their basement to smell like mildew.

  • Discoloration

Your nose can be a helpful place to start if you are investigating the necessity of basement waterproofing. But be sure to use your eyes, too. If you notice discoloration almost anywhere in your basement—from walls to carpeting, to appliances—you may have a moisture problem. Discoloration can manifest in a multitude of ways. Most people have a pretty good sense of what mold looks like. If you notice darkening on your carpets, drywall, or furniture, there is a good chance that it is mold or mildew.

Do Basement Cracks in Walls Indicate a Structural Problem?

If you notice large, recurring cracks or bulging walls at your house, don’t try to fix these conditions yourself. The cracks might indicate a more serious structural problem; call in a structural engineer for an in-depth evaluation.

Larger stress cracks occur when a house settles or the ground beneath it shifts. These types of cracks typically don’t threaten the structural integrity of the house, but they do create an entry point for groundwater, insects, and radon gas.

  • Solutions depend on the earth around the house so that it slopes away from the foundation wall a minimum of 1 inch per foot for at least 6 feet
  • A minimum of one downspout per 50 linear feet of the roof eave.
  • Extensions should discharge water at least 4 feet beyond the wall.
  • Sloped concrete sidewalks around basements are very effective in directing rain runoff.
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