Having a wet basement, unfortunately, is a common problem in many homes. As a homeowner, it is best to be vigilant and inspect your home for signs of water damage before your valuables are swimming. This winter, Pennsylvania has endured unseasonable weather. This is causing at times, more rain than snow and ice. Now is the perfect time to inspect your basement for moisture and water damage.
Know the Warning Signs
There are many signs that moisture may be evident in your basement. They include:
- The first sign of moisture is when you are walking into your basement and you are welcomed with a Musty Smell. If the smell is persistent, the moisture is ongoing.
- Large Cracks and Buckling Walls are a major sign of water damage that can easily be seen and should cause plenty of concern.
- Mold is very common in wet basements. Mold and mildew are a form of fungi and pose a serious health hazard to your family and pets.
- Efflorescence is a condition that occurs when water seeps through concrete, brick or stone. Once the water evaporates, a powdery white substance is left behind in the form of salt deposits.
What to do?
First thing that should be done to fix a wet basement is to locate where the moisture/water is coming from. Some places to check would include, gutters, down spouts, sprinkler systems, and flashing on the roof.
If all the above is in working order, call a professional at Mihalko’s Fire & Water Restoration to determine where your issue exists. We will be able to pinpoint the problem and offer solutions in a timely manner. We are the region’s premier basement waterproofing company. We provide a variety of comprehensive interior and exterior waterproofing solutions. Protect your home from water damage as soon as you notice it.