Symptoms of Water Damage

If water has gotten into your basement, it’s time to act now. Leaks, even small ones, can do extensive damage to your home, and tend to only get worse over time. Thankfully, the CLS team in Grand Island knows how to repair basement leaks and prevent foundation water damage. We can assess your home for moisture-related damage and recommend the best waterproofing and drainage solutions for you. 

If you have noticed any of the following things, you may have water intrusion in your basement:

  • Musty smells
  • Mildew or mold growth
  • Efflorescence (a chalky white substance on concrete walls)
  • Stains on walls or floors
  • Wet/damp basement walls
  • Sitting or pooling water
  • Deterioration of materials (floors, ceiling beams, concrete walls, etc.)

Common Entry Points for Water

Once you’ve determined that your basement has been compromised by water, it’s time to find out where that water is coming from. Check out these common areas where leaks tend to occur, and then call CLS Grand Island to avoid or repair foundation water damage.

Floor Cracks

A crack in the floor allows water to rise up through the concrete during times of rain or precipitation, and slowly recede as the soil dries.

Cove Joint Seepage

The spot where your walls meet your floor is susceptible to cracking, and is pretty common based on the way concrete is poured. Water can get in under the wall and seep through the seam and into your basement. 

Masonry Walls

If your foundation is made of cinder block, the joints between the blocks can degrade and leak over time. Water can get through and leak down the walls.

Window Wells

Incoming water often pools in little pockets near your below-grade windows. This can break down the seals over time, letting water seep into your basement.

Pipe Penetrations

Several types of pipes have to pass through your basement walls—water, gas, etc.—and allow potential moisture entry points as the seals break down. 

Tie Rods

Most builders use molds to create a poured concrete wall foundation, which include structural tie rods. As the rods rust and break down, it can result in holes in the concrete. This allows water to penetrate the walls themselves, and make its way into your basement.

Basement Drains

These rudimentary water drains are often found in older homes, and have a tendency to get clogged or break down, providing an easy entry point for water. 

Contact CLS Today

If you’ve noticed symptoms of foundation water damage in your Grand Island home, don’t delay! Basement leak repair only gets more costly with time! Call CLS Foundation Repair & Waterproofing today for a free inspection!