- Musty Odor
- Odors-Rust & Dry rot
- Warped Paneling
- Respiratory ailments
- Mold or Mildew and Fungus
Mold and mildew are living, breathing organisms that grow and multiply anywhere there is excessive moisture. For those of us exploring our basements, mold and mildew can grow in the walls, carpeting and furniture
- Hairline cracks
- Excessively damp
- Damp Spots on walls
- Peeling paint
- Warped Paneling
- Loss of lime salt
- White Chalky powder or efflorescence
Chalky White Powder Substance
Concrete is made up of limestone, clay and mortar, and aggregate (stone). That white outline or spot you see is the calcium in the block leaching out. It’s an indication of water, excessive moisture, and is something you should pay attention to. It’s called efflorescence.
- Rust on Appliances or Furniture
- Puddles on floor
- Cracked Walls and Floors
- Seepage during moderate rain
- Risk of Contamination
- Flooding during torrential rains
- Risk Electrical shock hazard
Rust on Appliances or Furniture
Metal is susceptible to rusting when there is excessive moisture and flooding. The rust may begin on fuse boxes, washers or dryers, or other metal appliances due to Flooding and dampness . Once it happens, you have to completely remove the rust and repaint as soon as possible, and then look for the cause of the moisture or water source. If not, the rust will reappear
- Floor Sinking
- Walls bowing or buckling
- Visible mud or clay silt
- Corners shifting and cracking
- Visible structural damage
- House is on the move
If your concrete Floor is sinking, there is a very good possibility that the concrete slab was installed on poorly compacted fill dirt. Sub-surface erosion and shrinking soils or Water pressure- Hydrostatic Pressure Under the Floor slab are possibilities.
Which stage are you in?
Any undiscovered problems such as those described above could result in collapse of not only walls but the entire structure. Obviously, if your walls or entire structure collapse, your home is uninhabitable, and immediate action needs to be taken. Often times, the appearance of one problem in a home signifies the existence of another that could be much more serious. If you’ve suffered damage as a result of water damage hydrostatic pressure please pay attention! Foundation repair is not covered by homeowners insurance.
Damp Spots On Walls
An unpainted block will turn dark gray when it’s wet. A painted wall will show discoloration, or a darkening of the paint. A poured wall might show discoloration. In any case, there might be white or dark outlines surrounding the area, which means that either leaked before, or substantial moisture has come through in that area.
Cracked Walls and Floors
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
This can appear as a brownish-black fungus growth on walls, clothing and other surfaces; it typically grows on wood surfaces. Keep in mind that dryrot 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.
Sometimes paint gets old. When it does it can peel off the surface it was painted on, like the peeling paint you may see on old homes. But it doesn’t peel off just because its old. It can also peel off because:
- It was the wrong paint.
- The surface wasn’t properly prepared.
- There is dampness or moisture in the wall you are trying to paint.
Paint will not stick to damp surfaces. It’ll discolor, or peel off much sooner than it should.