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Identify the Problem

How water enters the home: wall, footer/cove floor, air/moisture

Cracking

Cracks can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and directions. For example, you may see step-cracks on the wall. You might find vertical cracks, or horizontal cracks. In any of these cases, something is causing this to happen – cracks don’t usually appear naturally. It could be from settling, pressure on the walls or under the floor, or any number of other causes if you see cracks it is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Damp Wall

An unpainted block will turn dark gray when it’s wet. A painted wall will begin to chip and peel. A poured wall might show discoloration. In any case, there might be white or dark outlines surrounding the area, which means that it either leaked before, or substantial moisture has come through in that area. It is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Dry Rot

Dry Rot can appear as a brownish-black fungus growth on walls, clothing and other surfaces; it typically grows on wood surfaces. Keep in mind that dry rot is a byproduct of the decaying process – you’ll need to not only replace whatever is damaged, but also find and cure the cause of the dry rot forming in the first place, it is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew are living, breathing organisms that grow and multiply anywhere there is excessive moisture. Mold and mildew can grow in the walls, carpeting, furniture, or anywhere else it can find a food source. It can be extremely hazardous to the health of your family. If you see signs of mold or mildew in your basement it is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Rust Safety

Safety issues occur when water or moisture come in to contact with electrical panel boxes. This can cause a serious problem. If you notice water or moisture in an area like this, it is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Rust

A support beams primary function is to support the floor above from sagging or sinking. If a support beam becomes rusted due to moisture or water seepage it can become weak and cause damage to the home. If you have water seepage or notice rust on any metal in the basement, supports, appliances, or tools it is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Warped Paneling

Warped paneling is a sign that excessive moisture exists, and you need to find out why. The good news: if you find the source, you can fix it so that your new paneling won’t warp. The bad news: you can’t repair warped paneling. You have to replace it. If you notice signs of warping it is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Water Seepage

Water seepage will eventually weaken the structure of you foundation no matter how little is coming in. Water seepage can come from a variety of places, wall cracks, floor cracks, footer cracks, or even the space where the floor and the wall meet. It is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately!

Floor Cracks

Floor cracks don’t usually appear naturally.  It could be from settling, pressure under the floor, or any number of other causes. Floor cracks can allow water, moisture, or bugs into your home.  If you notice floor cracks it is a good idea to have a professional look at this immediately.