Signs of Water Damage
There are several red flags to keep an eye on when it comes to your basement and potential water damage.
Peeling Paint and Squishy Drywall
If the walls in your basement were painted, moisture content could cause that paint to flake and peel. If you have a finished basement, including drywall along the basement walls, that drywall can soak up moisture causing it to feel soft or spongy.
Musty Odors and Mold
After enough time, moisture can cause mold and mildew growth in your basement. If you happen to smell the musty odor of mildew or mold, you most likely have a water problem in your basement.
Standing Water and Wet Carpeting
This is one of the more obvious signs. If you find pools or puddles of water on your basement floor or if your floor is carpeted and the carpeting is wet in places, then your basement is at risk of water damage.
If your basement has unfinished walls, they can visibly appear wet or moist when water is making its way in. Another sign is a whitish film left behind by water called efflorescence.
Take a look at any metal or glass surfaces around your basement, as you might find on pipes, windows, or equipment. If those surfaces are regularly moist with condensation, you might be facing water damage.
A basement facing water damage is a breeding ground for pests and bugs. If your basement seems to be hosting all manner of bugs, your basement most likely has a water issue.