Between the snow and the rain, there is always moisture waiting to invade Pittsburgh’s basements. Many homeowners think that it is common for basements to be somewhat damp, particularly when they are unfinished. However, a damp basement is not only unhealthy, it is a sign that there is a problem that needs to be addressed, before serious complications occur. Addressing the problem early on can save both money and hassle – and here are a few signs that your basement may be in need of waterproofing:

Water spots/marks on the walls, ceiling, or windows – Water that is entering the basement means that there is a problem that needs to be fixed, sooner rather than later. Grading problems can cause water to come into the basement over the top of the foundation, which can cause long-term damage if not addressed.

Cracks in the walls and/or floor – A crack doesn’t repair itself, and will only get worse over time. In the case of a crack in the floor, water enters as a result of hydrostatic pressure in the ground. If the cracks are large, it could be the result of foundation problems or a problem with the flooring.

White, chalky substance on the walls – This is called efflorescence, which is cause by mineral deposits from water seepage, that leach out of openings and cracks in the wall.

Bowed Walls – A bulge or a noticeable area that is curving inward can compromise your foundation. This type of problem can create problems with water infiltration, and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Mold and/or mildew is present – Visible mold, regardless of the type, is a serious problem and a cause for concern. If this is the case, a Mold Remediation Specialist is necessary to identify the source of the problem and correct it immediately.

Area smells damp and/or musty – Even if no other signs are visible, a damp, musty smell is a sure sign that there is water entering into your basement somewhere. It is also a possible indication that there is mold present, even if it is not visible.

A basement leak may seem like a minor issue that can be put off, however, the long-term effect of basement moisture can prove to be damaging as well as costly. Contact the experts at D-Bug Waterproofing, and let us help your home stay dry and healthy.