Signs of water damage to your basement

Water problems are quite common and most homes with basements have experienced them more than once. If you have a home with a basement and haven’t had a water problem yet, you most likely will.


Some of the water damage occurring in our basements is so small or hidden that we do not see them until the problem becomes too big. This is why you need to keep inspecting your house, especially your basement and areas with water devices and pipes that could eventually leak, which could lead to expensive to repair damages. Below are some of the signs we at Rogers Basement Waterproofing encourage you to look out for when inspecting your house for water damages.

Mold and mildew

If you notice that your basement or crawlspace has an unusual odor of dampness, this should tell you that there is a water problem around that area. In most cases, the smell is of mold and mildew growing due to the presence of moisture, creating a musty smell. If someone in your house starts having allergies or falling ill with flu-like symptoms, you should check your basement and crawlspace, as this could be triggered by growing mold and mildew as a result of moisture.

Wet walls

If there is water seeping in from the walls of the basement it means that either the pipes in the walls are leaking or the wall is starting to seep water from the surrounding soil. This can be as a result of too much water near the walls caused by overflowing gutters, downspouts discharging water close to the house, improper grade, or a number of other issues that can be fixed.  Water can come in from cracks too; any cracks should be monitored closely.


Rusting fuse boxes and appliances in the basement is a sign. When you begin to see rust inside, know that this is a clear indicator of water related issues because moisture is key in the rusting process. You should being seeking out the source of the water problem once rust is discovered, and you should then remedy the underlying problem as quickly as possible.

Paint problems

As moisture seeps into your basement, the paint will start showing it. When there are water issues, the paint on your basement walls will start to change. It may start to peel or become discolored due to extreme moisture. Remember, simply painting over the discoloration or peeling paint only masks the issue, allowing the underlying problem more time to become even worse.

Rotting wood

Any wooden in your basement that is starting to rot means you should check for moisture problems. If you have wood furniture, wooden beams, or anything else made of wood beginning to rot, you need to fix the source of the problem immediately. You should also check to see if repair is needed to wooden beams to keep your home structurally sound.

Deposits on walls

Finding a white chalky substance is an indication that there are mineral deposits on the wall. These deposits will not occur without the presence of water, and thus the substance is an apparent indication of water damage.

Wall inconsistencies

If your basement walls experience abnormal issues, it is a good indicator that there may be a moisture problem. Inspect for cracks and bowing, as both of these symptoms will require attention, as will the water issue that caused them.

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