Basement waterproofing: Key warning signs for homeowners

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When storms blow through Atlanta, you need to make sure your home is safe and secure from the effects...

When storms blow through Atlanta, you need to make sure your home is safe and secure from the effects of inclement weather. Since your basement may be at risk for flooding and damage from heavy rain any time of year, it's critical that you work with a reputable contractor to waterproof the basement and protect the structure of your home from environmental damage.

Here are some warning signs that you need basement waterproofing services:

  • Puddles of water: If you can see small puddles of water or water stains in the basement, there may be water seeping into the home. Check the basement after a big storm or long periods of rain for any puddles or patches of water. These are surefire signs that your basement needs waterproofing ASAP.
  • Cracks in the foundation: When you can see deep cracks or fissures in the concrete floors of the basement, it's a sign that the structure is weak and that the area is at risk for crumbling, collapsing and water intrusion. Water will easily enter wall and floor cracks when there is a lack of drainage around the foundation wall. If your property is at risk for drainage problems, you'll need to work with a drainage contractor to clear out any blockages and take care of yard drainage issues.
  • Excessive mold accumulation: If you find large patches of mold growing on the walls or floors of the basement, that's a sign that water and moisture are getting into the area. Mold is not only visually unattractive but can also cause a host of skin and health problems.
  • Frequent flooding: If the basement is flooded every time it rains, you will need the help of a waterproofing specialist or experienced plumber to fix the leaks. Allowing large quantities of water to get into your home is dangerous, and--in addition to damaging or destroying personal items--can wear down your home's structure over time. Heavy rains and flooding can also cause drainage problems that lead to water leaks in the basement.

Keep in mind that some water leaks can't be detected easily and are only uncovered after a thorough inspection of the basement. Waterproofing, as soon as you suspect leaking, can save you from major flooding damage down the road.

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