Symptoms of Water Damage

If your basement is only experiencing small leaks, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you caught the issue early, which means it will be easier to fix. The bad news is it can be difficult to tell if water intrusion is the true cause of the problems you’ve seen. If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms, you may have moisture in your basement.

  • Deterioration of building materials (concrete walls, ceiling beams, floors, etc.)
  • Efflorescence (a white, chalky substance on concrete walls)
  • Musty smells
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Stains on walls or floors
  • Wet basement walls/sitting water
signs of water damage in basement

Common Entry Points for Water

Now, take a walk around your basement and check the list below to see if you recognize any of the most common places basements tend to leak.

Floor Cracks

Cracks that run along the floor of your basement allow water to rise up when it rains and slowly seep back down after the soil begins to dry.

Cove Joint Seepage

Cove joint seepage happens in a tiny crack where your walls meet your flooring. Generally, the opening is a small seam that’s a common occurrence where separate pours of concrete meet one another. Water can flow under the wall and above the floor slab, then pool in your basement.

Masonry Walls

When your basement has cinder block walls, the joints between the blocks can begin to leak. When this happens, water runs through the cracks between the blocks and down the basement walls.

Window Wells

When you have below-grade windows, they can form a pocket where incoming water pools. Over time, the seals on these windows begin to break down and allow water into your basement.

Pipe Penetrations

In the places where water, gas, and other pipes have to pass through the walls to get into your home, small leaks can form over time. As the original seals break down, water can enter through the openings they create.

Tie Rods

If you have a poured concrete wall foundation, the original builders used molds to form your concrete foundation. Over time, the tie rods that comprise these molds can rust and break down, leaving holes in the poured concrete wall which can allow water in.

Basement Drains

These are usually found in older homes and were designed to act as a rudimentary water control system. They have a tendency to clog and sometimes break or disintegrate below grade, providing easy entry for water.

Contact CLS Today

If you’ve noticed some of the symptoms of basement water intrusion and even one of the common places water can enter your basement, there’s a chance moisture is building up in your basement. Water damage in basements only worsens over time, so if you’re worried about the state of your basement, contact CLS for a free inspection today.