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5 Signs of Basement Damage

Basement leaks are never good and can cause serious (and sometimes) even irreversible damage to your home. Often times, the initial signs of trouble are often extremely subtle, checking for these indicators regularly can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn the top 5 signs of basement water damage with help from the experts at Structural Repair of the Triad to protect your home.

  1. Cracks in the wall(s), foundation, or floor

    Cracks in a basement's walls, floors or foundation could mean that water is putting pressure on your home’s structure. Hairline cracks are often harmless, but if those cracks grow larger than one-sixteenth of an inch across, then it's time to contact a professional to assess the situation. If you notice your walls shifting or becoming displaced, call in the experts immediately.

    Cracked walls or floors are the best entry point for water to get inside your basement. They also may be a sign of a much larger structural problem caused by hydrostatic pressure.
  2. Musty smell

    If your basement has a musty or damp smell, it’s usually the best way to tell there is a moisture problem. Musty smells are usually most noticeable after rainy or wet weather, so you should always take a quick whiff of your basement after inclement weather.

  3. Sticking Doors

    Water warps wood which can cause walls to buckle and bow. It can also cause door frames to warp and crack. Both of these things can make it more difficult to open and close your doors. If your basement doors are sticking, there’s a good chance you need waterproofing.
  4. Standing Water

    While this might seem like a no-brainer, surprisingly, not many people actually immediately reach out to get it fixed. Let's be realistic, nobody wants to get this fixed if they don't have to. The scary truth is, if there is standing water, you definitely need to have one of our experts come diagnose the situation and properly determine the severity of the issue before any damage spreads to other parts of your house and causes addition harm (which means a higher cost later one). Get a Free Estimate
  5. Mold Or Mildew

    Mold and mildew thrive in wet, damp areas. So if you find the presence of mold or mildew there is excess water feeding it.

If you notice any of these five warning signs in your basement, it’s time to call the experts at Structural Repair of the Triad. With nearly 10 years of experience in the Winston Salem area, we know exactly what can cause basement moisture problems and can offer you custom tailored solutions. So call us today for a free consultation and we’ll make sure to rid your basement of excess moisture for good!

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