How to Spot Signs of Water Damage in a Basement

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 by Amber Ainsworth

Whether you're checking out the basement of a home you want to buy or looking around your own basement, signs of water damage are a bad thing.

Water damage is a sign that there was or currently is a water issue in the basement. Spotting a water issue and repairing it will prevent future water damage.


Aside from the obvious presence of visible water, there are other ways to tell if water is getting inside your basement.

A leaking crack.

Here are some signs of water damage you should keep an eye out for:

Mold: A damp basement is an ideal place for mold to grow.

A musty smell: A musty smell in your basement is a pretty good indicator that there is moisture or water in the basement. The smell could also let you know that mold is growing because mold doesn't always grow in visible places.

Peeling paint: If you have paint on your basement walls and it is peeling, it may mean the walls are wet. Also look for bubbling paint.

Discoloration: Dark spots on the wall or floor may have been caused by water. If there is discoloration around cracks or rod holes, there is a good chance they are leaking.

If you believe water is getting into your basement, contact us today to set up a free inspection. A trained inspector will take a thorough look around your basement and determine if water is leaking into the house. They will then provide you with the options available to make your basement dry again.

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