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Problem Signs of Basement Water Damage

Basement water damage is an all-too-common problem for many homeowners. It’s important to know the problem signs to help you better diagnose where the issue is coming from.

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If you’re experiencing basement water problems in your home, don’t panic, you’re not alone. Water can enter your basement and cause issues in a variety of ways. It’s essential to find the root problem of what’s causing it and stop it at the source. Fortunately, our team at Ohio Basement Authority is well equipped to spot and repair problems that are plaguing your home.

Common Basement Waterproofing Problem Signs

Here are some of the common problem signs that indicate your basement is suffering from water damage.  

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Wet Floors or Walls 

One of the most likely signs that your basement is experiencing water is noticing wet floors or walls. Finding pooling water in your home is stressful, especially because of the damage that dampness can cause to the rest of your home. Unfortunately, in many cases, dampness can originate from a variety of sources. This could be anything from leaking window wells to cracks in your basement walls or floors, faulty exterior drainage systems, or even major issues like your property’s foundation.  

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Basement Condensation 

Another indicative sign that you have water in your basement is condensation forming on your basement windows. This is a clear sign that humidity levels in your basement have risen to the point of water droplets being able to form. Basement condensation may seem harmless, but it can be an underlying factor for much more serious issues. This can lead to metal pipes in your home rusting, soaking your carpets, and causing mold and mildew growth. 

mold in your house

Mold or Mildew Growth 

When it comes to the health of you and your loved ones, mold is the epitome of danger. When you have mold or mildew forming in your basement, it’s mostly due to having dampness or excess humidity in your home. Some strains of mold, such as black mold, are extremely hazardous to people, especially those with preexisting respiratory issues. It’s important to look for any fuzzy patches or wherever a particularly musty smell is present to determine if your home has mold. Once found, hiring a mold remediation service is the first step to combatting the issue before it progresses. It’s important to note that although mold can be removed, if the root of the problem isn’t solved, there’s a chance it’ll come back again.  

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If you’ve ever walked down to your basement only to find white patches on your concrete floors or walls, you may be seeing efflorescence. Although not harmful to humans, efflorescence is still a sign that your basement is experiencing water damage. Many homeowners might confuse it with mold as they both have similar appearances. Fortunately, efflorescence is non-toxic and easy to remove. Efflorescence is due to water within the concrete floors or walls of your basement which ends up leaving a white, salt-deposit-looking formation. This can be indicative of hydrostatic pressure, basement condensation, high indoor humidity, or plumbing pipe leaks.  

Don’t Suffer from Basement Water Damage Any Longer.
OBA Experts Can Help! 

Your home is your safe haven, and when it becomes damaged by water, it could be at risk. It’s important to make sure you have the proper waterproofing precautions in place to protect it from the outside elements. Fortunately, at Ohio Basement Authority, we specialize in basement waterproofing and foundation repair to ensure your home is well-equipped and prepared for any future mishaps. From installing our high-quality, durable vapor barriers to our sump pumps and dehumidifiers, we know what it takes to protect your basement. By calling us and setting up a free inspection, a member of our team will come to your home and thoroughly inspect and diagnose the problem at hand. From there, we’ll provide you with a written estimate of our repairs, so you feel confident moving forward. 

Don’t hesitate to repair your basement from water damage. Call or email Ohio Basement Authority today! We proudly serve homeowners in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, and surrounding areas.

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