The Must-Know Signs of Basement Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen
A Bergen County home with a basement is often a big pro to house hunters, and if you have had one in your home, you likely understand why. Basements are multipurpose spaces that can be used for storage, shelter from severe weather and even living spaces if they are partially or fully finished.
While there are a lot of reasons to love a basement, having a home with one does not come without its drawbacks. Basements have become synonymous with water damage over the years, and while it does not have to be this way, it is something to keep in mind if you have a basement of your own.
Understanding the signs that water damage may be working its way in is a must for any homeowner so you know when to call in the professionals and get the issue treated for good. Take a look at some common indicators of water damage below.
Common Indicators of Water Damage in Basements
Unpleasant, musky odors. While clean, fresh water does not have a smell on its own, as it soaks areas of basements and then evaporates away, it can develop a rather strong, musty odor that can’t be missed. This is often referred to as “basement smell,” but really, it does not have to be that way. This smell is a direct result of mold and mildew being present in the room, which can often be hard to find but easy for your nose to pick up on.
Flaking paint on masonry or walls. With the best intentions, people will often apply waterproof paint to the interior surfaces of a leaky basement. Unfortunately, this paint will simply mask the problem for a while and then lead to a compounding issue down the road. Water that seeps in will eventually work away at this paint, leading to peeling, cracking or bubbling on its surface.
Foundational cracks. It is normal for homes—especially older ones—to shift over time, but anything larger than a hairline crack should be taken seriously. Cracks can arise in any surface, from the ceiling to the floor to the walls, and can even let more water in over time. If you notice large cracks anywhere in your basement, it is likely a good time to call the pros.
If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.