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Water Damage: Recognizing First Signs of Damage in Basements

1/25/2024 (Permalink)

Basements aren’t typically a place that homeowners and their families spend a lot of time in, unless your basement is finished and is converted into a hang-out area. A lot of homeowners only go down to their basement if they need something they have stored down there or for minor usage. Recognizing signs of damage to your basement early can help you address issues promptly, preventing further damage and costly repairs. Here are some common signs to watch for that may indicate basement damage and for you to call SERVPRO® of Carbon County & Pocono Pines

  • Stains or Moisture
  • Water stains on walls or floors can indicate past or ongoing water intrusion
  • Damp or moist areas, especially after rain or snow may suggest water penetration
  • Strange Odors or Sounds
  • A persistent musty or moldy smell is often a sign of moisture problems, mold growth, or poor ventilation in the basement and is always a good indicator of potential water damage
  • Sounds like excessive creaking, cracking, or popping may indicate stress on your home’s foundation  
  • Cracks in Surfaces
  • Visible cracks in the basement walls or the floor may indicate foundation issues or structural damage
  • Pay attention to the size and direction of cracks because significant or widening cracks may be concerning and need immediate action taken
  • Efflorescence
  • You may have never heard of this term, but efflorescence is the white, chalky residue that appears on masonry surfaces. It can be a sign of water seepage through concrete or masonry walls
  • Bowing Walls
  • Walls that appear to bow inward or bulge may indicate structural problems and potential damages
  • Puddles or Standing Water
  • This may be an obvious sign, but don’t just brush it off and take care of it yourself. Finding out where the water is coming from and getting professional help is essential
  • Rusting Metal or Peeling Paint
  • Rust on metal support beams, pipes, or appliances can be a sign of high humidity or water exposure
  • Paint that is peeling or blistering on basement walls may indicate moisture issues
  • Insects, Pests, or Mold
  • The presence of pests, such as termites, carpenter ants, or silverfish, in the basement could be a sign of damage or moisture issues that attract these pests.
  • Another slightly obvious sign is the presence of visible mold growing on surfaces like walls or in corners where the wall meets the floor 

If you are experiencing any of these issues or signs in your basement, call SERVPRO® of Carbon County & Pocono Pines today at 570-732-9191. We are faster to any size disaster (residential or commercial) and are always here to help Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, Lehighton, Weatherly, Nesquehoning, Tobyhanna, Bowmanstown, and all of the surrounding areas. 

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