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Do you have a leaky basement?

How to Determine if Your Basement is Leaking, and What You Should Do About It

A wet, leaky basement is a common problem.  Basements are underground, making them especially susceptible to water, but that doesn’t mean it’s a problem that should be ignored.  When faced with a wet or leaky basement, here are a few things you need to know.

Signs of a Leaky Basement

There are a number of obvious and not so obvious signs of a water problem in the basement.
Here are just a few:

  • Visible water – This is an easy one.  Don’t ignore it!
  • Water stains – If you see discoloration or water stains on the floor or walls, it may mean you have a problem.
  • Odor – A musty or mildewy smell in the basement may mean there’s a leak or moisture buildup.
  • Mildew or mold – These often harmful growths thrive in humid areas, so if you see them, it may indicate a water problem.
  • Efflorescence – This occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits, causing a white or gray ash stain on the walls.
  • Spalling – Spalling occurs when concrete or stone peels right off of the walls.  This indicates water damage and requires professional service.

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Causes of a Leaky Basement

There are countless ways that water can find its way into your home and leak into your basement, and it’s not always easy to determine the source of the problem. 
Here are a few things to check out:

  • Plumbing – Sometimes the water in your basement isn’t due to a foundation problem.  Rather, the leak or moisture is coming from defective plumbing in walls or ceiling.  Water eventually finds its way to the lowest point in your home, the basement.  If you see a wet patch of drywall on the ceiling or suspect this is the problem, call a plumber.
  • Leaking windows – If your basement has windows, make sure they completely seal without gaps, holes, or cracks.  Any defects in the windows could allow water to leak in and cause problems.
  • Cracks in the basement walls or floor – Water in the soil around your basement may seep into the basement through cracks.  If you notice cracking in the walls, floors, or foundation, call an expert at KC Waterproofing.  We’ll be happy to take care of it for you.
  • External water sources – A number of external water sources can cause basement leaks.  Check your downspouts, and ensure they are directed away from your foundation.  Clear your gutters regularly to stop improper water runoff.  And examine your soil grading, as downslopes toward your home may inadvertently drain water right into your basement.

What To Do About a Wet, Leaky Basement

If you notice any of the above signs, try to isolate and stop the water source.  Repair downspouts, gutters, and defective plumbing along with regrading your yard to improve drainage.

The best way to deal with a leaky basement is to rely on a professional.  KC Waterproofing is well-equipped to deal with all types of basement and foundation problems and eliminate your water problem.

Can I Ignore It?

In a word, no!  Basement leaks and foundation issues may not be an expensive problem, they can worsen, which means problems for your home as well as your pocketbook.  If you suspect an issue, call KC Waterproofing today.