Signs of Water Damage
Moisture is one of the biggest threats to your home, so it’s vital to catch the signs of water damage early so you can address the issue before it causes major damage. Moisture infiltration can eat away at your home’s structure, cause hazardous mold growth, and potentially result in a very costly problem. If you want to keep your home and your family safe, Matvey Foundation Repair is here to help. Our team of Seattle foundation and waterproofing professionals can assess your property for water damage and deliver a lasting solution for repair and future water damage prevention.
Too often, homeowners aren't paying close enough attention, and moisture issues build up before they are noticed. If you want to avoid these potentially expensive and dangerous problems, take the time to walk around and inspect your home.
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. Water can get in through cracks or pores in the basement walls, or the seams between the walls and floor.
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. Even if you do not see visible mold growth, that doesn’t mean it’s not lurking behind the wall, under the floor, or between your joists.
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. Whether you notice this once or it happens on a regular basis, it’s time to call your trusted Seattle basement waterproofing and foundation repair team.
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. Run your hands along your basement walls, from up near the ceiling to down near the floor, or wipe with a clean dry rag to check for moisture.
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. This is especially true of pipes that enter or exit the basement, and around your window frames—two sneaky areas where water gets in.
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. Many pests look for environments that are warm and moist.
As you can see, there are many potential signs to be on the lookout for if you are worried about moisture damage in your home. If you notice any of these, or you’re still not sure and would prefer a professional opinion, give us a call at Matvey Foundation Repair for your free inspection.
We have over 20 years of experience in foundation restoration and waterproofing, and we can clean up any existing damage and give you solutions to prevent future problems. No matter how small or big the project, you can count on us for expert workmanship and friendly service.