Identifying Potential Basement Flooding Problems
Owning a home with a basement can be a big plus. It not only increases the amount of space available for storage, but in many cases it may also be finished off, making a handsome new addition to your home (guest rooms, in-law suites, recreation rooms, etc). Unfortunately, the low lying nature of basements also means that they will be ground zero for any type of water damage that may occur in the home. What’s worse, basement flooding doesn’t always happen at once. Rather, water leaks tend to crop up, growing unnoticed for extended periods, and by the time it is discovered, considerable problems have already established themselves.
If you are concerned that your basement may have water damage, there are a few things, key indicators that you should look for.
Look at your basement walls and see if they sparkle. Don’t laugh. Sparkling walls are the result of evaporating water leaving minerals behind, and if water is evaporating, that means it was there to begin with. These leftover minerals leave behind and ash like substance that may appear to sparkle.
How does your basement smell? If there is a sour or musty odor present, that is a very good sign of water damage. Keep in mind that even a wet basket of clothes may result in a musty smell, so try and keep the basement as dry as possible. If the musty odor persists, then it’s a good bet that you have some errant water somewhere, water that needs to be located and remediated in order to prevent future problems such as mold.
One of the obvious signs of water damage is the actual visual presence of mold in the basement. Mold is easy to identify as a fuzzy blackish green growth on walls or pipes. Of course this isn’t a given, since some mold can come in a variety of colors. If you have mold already present in the basement, then it becomes a foregone conclusion that you have water damage that has gone untreated for quite some time.
Look for water stains. Even dried up water will usually leave behind telltale signs such as staining or striations on the walls, floor, and even the ceiling. If the area has been flooded, there will be the sign of a flood line along the walls, a clear line of demarcation telling the property owner just how much water was present during the flood event.
Basements should be proactively inspected on a regular basis in order to stay ahead of water damage problems and repair any issues as they arise. Staying ahead of the problem and making minor, less expensive repairs will go a long way towards preventing costly repair bills as a result of severe water damage later on.
In the event of basement water damage, contact a local water restoration professional like Restoration Local for quality, courteous restoration services. They are available 24/7 and all work is backed by the industry’s most comprehensive guarantee.