When you are looking for a home, there are many things to consider. One of the most overlooked characteristics of potential homes is the condition of the basement. Buyers often are excited when they find a home with a basement because it offers extra bedrooms, additional storage and often times, an alternative gathering place. While there are many benefits of a basement, the additional underground space is often more susceptible to water damage. Basements are designed to be waterproofed, but can wear out overtime. Whether you currently own a home with a basement or are looking to purchase one, here are some signs of basement water proofing problems to look for:
- Damp odor- If the scent of your basement reminds you of an indoor pool or the washer when you forgot to put your clothes in the dryer, this could be a potential water damage issue. Moisture in your basement will smell musty. When water gets into your drywall, it triggers the growth of mold and mildew. Often times, this mildew can trigger illness. If you notice an odor and someone in the home gets sick, you need to get your basement inspected for moisture.
- Cracked walls- Have you ever left a single Cheerio or Apple Jack in your bowl of milk, and come back hours later to see it brittle and expanded? Now imagine water getting into your walls and the same thing happening to your drywall. The presence of moisture allows the drywall to expand, compromising its integrity and resulting in cracked walls.
If you begin to notice either of these scenarios, give us a call at Dry Foundation Technologies. We are a local company that cares about the people in our community. We are committed to basement water proofing and are so confident in our work that we offer a warranty on all installations and repairs. For all of your basement water proofing needs, our team at Dry Foundation Technologies is just a call away.