It is extremely important to deal with leaks as soon as your suspect or see the signs to avoid causing greater damage and spending a lot of money and time on repairs! Unfortunately, because these leaks often happen behind walls that have been closed up by drywall or other construction materials, leaks may be occurring in your home but you may not see any warning signs until it has turned into a larger issue.
When these issues escalate, you may end up with unpleasant surprised such as damp carpet in your basement, or find water bugs crawling along the baseboards of your basement floor.
There are some telltale signs of a basement leak that you can watch for to ensure you stay on top of any potential issues before they turn into bigger, more expensive problems.
- Damage to walls, paint or wallpaper
The walls in your basement often act as an early detection system for any leaks that have sprung up behind the walls. Pay close attention to their overall condition to spot leaks in their early stages. Look for any areas of your walls that are bowed or discolored, or spaces on the wall that are damp or soft to the touch – this signals that the drywall may be wet, and perhaps even waterlogged from a leak.
- Damage to floors
Inevitably, gravity will pull any moisture and water through the home, and if your walls remain preserved due to moisture barriers, the odds are pretty good that the moisture will eventually become evident in your basement floors.If you have wood flooring in your basement, look for any patches that appear to be swelling or buckling. Wood is particularly vulnerable to water damage, so these signs should appear fairly early after the occurrence of a leak. If your basement is tiled, look for tiles that are stained and/or discoloured, or any tiles that are coming loose or feeling soft as you walk over them. This is a sign that moisture has been building up underneath them, often due to a leak.
All basement leaks should be dealt with as soon as possible in order to avoid costly damage. If you have a nagging basement leak, be sure to hire a professional to assess the situation.
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