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2 Types of Basement Waterproofing: How to Pick the Right Type for Your Basement

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Owning a home with a basement can be a blessing and a challenge.

When things are going well, that extra basement space is a handy source of storage, a place to stash the kids for playtime and a boost to the eventual resale value of your home.

But when things start to go south down under, suddenly that same basement space is just one more source of stress in an already stressful life.

Remembering one key fact can help you navigate those first scary signs of a basement leak: given enough time, most basements will eventually leak.

You can prepare for that day by learning about the three types of basement waterproofing so you know who to call and what to ask for when the need arises.

Why Do Basements Leak?

There is something inherently different about having a room that sits below the ground surface of your home. Instead of air, this part of your home is surrounded by soil with its ever-shifting moisture content.

Environmental conditions below the ground floor of your home can also be quite different. It is typically both more humid and lower in temperature than the other rooms above the surface.

As well, while the portion of your home from the ground floor up may be made of drywall, brick, wood, vinyl or some combination thereof, the portion from the ground floor down is almost always made out of poured concrete or concrete bricks.

Concrete is naturally quite porous, which means it lets water through to a greater degree than most other materials used in home construction. Like it or not, know it or not, the concrete used to create your basement is always letting in the tiniest molecules of moisture here and there, although in most cases this is no cause for concern.

It is concerning when that moisture finds a wider fissure, gap, crack or crevice to seep through. Because your basement is built below ground level, moisture will often trickle in from the top down as well as seep up through the soil below.

While concrete is quite durable overall, over time and with continued exposure to shifting soil, pressure from tree roots, changing water table levels and other factors, it will start to degrade. That is when larger fissures or cracks can form in the concrete walls or flooring and let in moisture.

As well, over time, inbuilt window wells and weeping tiles can get clogged, damaged or broken and stop doing their job of routing water away from your basement.

Warning Signs of Basement Moisture

There are several early warning signs that moisture is beginning to invade your basement space.

Increasing humidity

There are certain seasons each year that bring more moisture and thus more humidity. But if you notice your basement feels consistently more humid than usual, this can be a sign that moisture is beginning to invade through micro-fissures and cracks in the concrete.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence is a white, powdery dust that forms when water evaporates and leaves its mineral salt passengers behind.

Persistent dampness

When the walls or floor start to take on a sheen, you see condensation on windows or the surfaces feel somewhat damp, this is another sign of a moisture invasion.

Standing water

Of course, any standing water is cause for concern, especially if your sump system never seems to fully shut off or you actually see moving water in your basement.

2 Types of Basement Waterproofing

There are two basic methods for waterproofing a basement.

Exterior basement waterproofing

Exterior basement waterproofing is typically cost-prohibitive as well as highly invasive for an existing home.

If you are in the process of constructing a new home, however, exterior basement waterproofing can be done as your basement is being built.

Interior basement waterproofing

Interior basement waterproofing is both affordable and much less invasive than exterior waterproofing. It is the method of choice for nearly all existing homes and can be done whether or not your basement is finished.

Interior basement waterproofing can involve a number of fixes depending on the cause of the basement leak.

For example, if you have a visible crack in the wall or floor, filling the crack is the first step towards preventing future moisture seepage.

Improving existing drainage systems is another key to the success of interior basement waterproofing. This can mean repairing blocked or damaged window wells, installing a French drain and a back-up sump pump system, improving gutters and downspout routing outside your home, and landscaping to guide moisture runoff away from your basement.

Sealants are another key element in interior basement waterproofing. Different types of sealants can be used depending on the moisture issue you are experiencing and its location.

In most cases, a full interior basement waterproofing job can be completed in just a day or two with minimal disruption to your daily life.

Affordable Basement Waterproofing Is Just a Call Away

Many homeowners are reluctant to contact a basement waterproofing professional for fear of hearing bad news, and this is totally understandable.

However, basement waterproofing issues do not generally resolve themselves. Rather, in our long experience, we have found they typically just get worse.

So if there is one ironclad guarantee we can offer you, it is this: Your basement waterproofing job will always be more affordable if you do it now rather than putting it off until there’s a worse problem.

The good news is that we won’t charge you a thing to come out, take a look, diagnose the problem and generate an estimate to waterproof your basement.

Once you know what is wrong, you can make plans to fix it, whether you decide to do it today, next week or next year.

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Basement Waterproofing Doesnít Have to Break Your Budget: Get a Free Inspection Now!

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Flooding. Paint flaking. Powdery white stuff on the walls or floor. Humidity. Smells. Mould.

The list of strange things that can occur inside the average basement goes on and on. But what does it all mean? Is it normal for your basement to smell a little bit...off? If you see paint flakes, is it just a sign of age or something else, something worse?

These are normal and natural questions that most homeowners with basements will ask themselves at some point during the course of home ownership. Unfortunately, not every homeowner will stop to do the research to find the correct answers to these questions.

When warning signs like standing water, paint flaking, efflorescence (white powdery residue), odours, humidity and similar signals are consistently ignored, what is likely a minor problem begins to get bigger. In time, the homeowner discovers they now have a major moisture problem on their hands, and that is when we get that first panicked call.

We don’t want this to happen with your basement space! The truth is, the vast majority of repairs and basement waterproofing jobs are actually quite affordable, provided you take action when you first spot an issue and seek to remedy it within a reasonable time frame.

7 Basement Warning Signs You Don’t Want to Downplay

Let’s take a look at seven of the most common warning signs that can arise to let you know your basement may need maintenance or repairs.

Remember, catching these warning signs in their early stages means you are likely facing a minor repair rather than a major budget-breaker!

Odd odours

If you are used to living in a home that has an older basement space, you may be rather acclimated to the chronic musty, stale or simply strange odour that arises when you enter your basement.

Most people who have grown up with a basement in their home don’t think much of these types of smells.

Unfortunately, just because your basement (and every basement you’ve ever lived with) has always smelled that way doesn’t mean it is normal or healthy.

More than likely, those strange odours indicate your basement air is stale and oxygen-poor, possibly overly humid and perhaps contaminated with mildew or mould spores that you can’t see but you certainly can smell.

Sump pump malfunction

A sump pump, like any major appliance, has a useful life. Timely maintenance and minor repairs can absolutely extend the useful life of your sump pump but can’t always make up for conditions that tax your sump system beyond what it was designed to handle.

If your sump system seems like it never shuts off, this could be because your basement is taking on extra water on a regular basis. Not only is this going to add wear and tear to your sump pump, but in time, a sump failure could lead to a major basement flood.

Persistent humidity

Persistent humidity is another one of those so-called “normal” situations that many people expect to find inside their basement. But it actually isn’t normal—or at least it shouldn’t be!

Along with humidity, you often find mildew, mould, insects and even small animals who are lured by the presence of consistent moisture. Each of these can conspire to make a mildly unpleasant situation a whole lot worse and much more expensive to fix.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence is the technical term for that white powdery residue left behind after water evaporates. Efflorescence is composed of mineral salts that get carried along in the water as it enters your basement. When the moisture dries up, the white powder gets left behind as a calling card.

For many people unfamiliar with efflorescence, it is easy to assume it is just dust.

But if your “dust” keeps appearing in very odd places, such as midway up the wall or in the middle of the floor, chances are good it is not actually dust at all but a sign you have water seeping into your basement.

Standing water

Standing water is easier to interpret than efflorescence. When you see a puddle or slick spot in your basement, you know what you are looking at.

Standing water indicates your basement has taken on water that isn’t getting routed back out again. This is a source of concern that requires immediate investigation.

Paint flaking

Flaking paint is sometimes due to simple old age, especially if the original paint wasn’t of the best quality or the basement area where the paint is has experienced a lot of wear and tear.

But paint flaking can also indicate unseen moisture, such as when mould or mildew, consistent humidity or seeping moisture causes the paint to flake off.

Mould and mildew

Mould and mildew are pretty much every homeowner’s nightmare. But what you need to remember is that mould and mildew are everywhere—in the air, soil and water—and not all of it is bad.

The important thing here is not to wait when you suspect a mould or mildew invasion because it can be dangerous to your health.

Have your basement evaluated promptly and find out what kind of mould you have and what you are dealing with. Then you can take the next steps before the issue gets worse.

Free Inspections & Affordable Basement Solutions You Can Trust

You can’t go wrong with a free inspection and quote, which is exactly what you get when you call us.

From there, we will work with you to identify the most affordable and appropriate repair for your basement.

Our simple, quick solutions include interior waterproofing, crack repair, installation of backup sump protection, repair or installation of window wells and drains, adding insulation or downspout extensions, and doing drainage repairs or additions as needed. Most repairs only take one to two days!

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Is Your Crawl Space Sloping, Smelly, Moist or Musty? We Can Fix It!

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There are perks that come with having a crawl space in your home.

For example, it can be easier to get to components that may need maintenance or repair. This can help ease worries about damage from intense storms that may cause temporary flooding.

However, owning a home with a crawl space can come with certain drawbacks as well. These drawbacks often become more apparent with age, climate change or as the surrounding terrain changes.

Often, your crawl space will try to communicate with you to let you know something is wrong. Warning signs can include musty odours, standing water that persists, support beams that appear to be leaning or rotting in places, flooring changes and similar signals.

If you know that these types of warning signs indicate your crawl space may need maintenance or repair, you can nip crawl space problems in the bud before expenses skyrocket!

Why Tackle Crawl Space Repairs Now Instead of Waiting?

It is never fun to hear that your crawl space needs maintenance or repairs. But there is a bright side: once you repair and update your crawl space as needed, you may save up to 25 percent on home energy bills year-round!

In Ontario, the average homeowner spends around $2,358 per year on energy. Of that amount, an estimated 64 percent goes to heating and cooling the home.

A savings of just 25 percent translates to $377 back in your pocket annually, which means your crawl space repair is likely to pay for itself in just a year or two!

6 Warning Signs Your Crawl Space Needs Maintenance

These are six of the most common crawl space maintenance and repair issues that homeowners report.

Strange odours

Strange odours tend to be one of the most immediately noticeable warning signs that something may be amiss inside your crawl space.

The odour of lingering humidity, mould or mildew spores, dead animals, rotting wood and similar debris can smell like dirty gym socks, unwashed swimsuits, bagged grass clippings, decaying waste and, even worse, a combination of these.

When odours begin to accumulate, this means the cause has been present for some days or perhaps weeks or longer. So you don’t want to wait to get in there and investigate to find the cause!

Mould and mildew

Mould and mildew can be hard to spot initially unless there is a sufficient quantity to give off odours.

This is because mould and mildew can form in cracks and crevices and up inside the interior of the crawl space support structure, where it is hard to see even if you shine a flashlight on it.

Often, it is a scent that first alerts you to growing mould or mildew colonies. At other times, rotting support beams or sagging soft flooring can indicate that mould or mildew may be growing.

Unwelcome visitors

At certain times of year, it is natural to see more insects and small animals lurking in and around your crawl space. After all, to a small creature, the relative darkness and dampness of the crawl space can look like a great refuge from predators and a fine place to raise a family.

But if you start seeing a rise in the local insect or animal population, or if odours such as waste or decay alert you to their presence, this means the issue has become sufficiently problematic to warrant further investigation.

Insects and rodents, in particular, can wreak havoc by burrowing into wood, chewing electrical wires and creating a very dangerous situation for all involved.

Humidity

Humidity is one of the most common issues that crawl space owners face, especially if your crawl space is of an older vintage.

This is why crawl spaces are typically recommended only for homes built in drier climates, but even this doesn’t prevent seasonal moisture or climate change from allowing humidity or water to accumulate.

Humidity isn’t necessarily a problem in its own right—it is what humidity attracts that causes issues. Mould and mildew are naturally attracted to dark, cool, humid places. Insects and animals are attracted to a natural supply of water or moisture as well.

Rotting supports

As humidity, moisture, mould or mildew accumulates consistently, the organic materials used to build and support your crawl space can begin to degrade and, over time, flat-out rot.

Sometimes you can see this in the support beams as they begin to degrade on the surface, complete with soft spots and shedding particulate matter as proof. Other times, you may actually see the supports start to lean as they rot from beneath.

Sagging floors

Old, creaky, squeaky floors do lend some ambiance to older dwellings, but a well-built floor is really not supposed to sound like the rhythm section in a garage band!

If your floors are getting squeakier, creakier, saggier or bouncier, this is a potential sign that your crawl space is being invaded or degraded by any of the issues we just reviewed here.

Affordable Crawl Space Solutions That Really Work

Most crawl space solutions are really quite affordable, especially if you catch the problem early!

The most common solutions we recommend include adding dehumidification, ventilation and drainage, insulation and encapsulation.

Dehumidification, ventilation and drainage ensures that existing, lingering humidity, moisture and water are swiftly and permanently ushered out of your crawl space.

Insulation and encapsulation then damp-proofs your crawl space to prevent moisture, insects, animals and other issues from invading your crawl space in the future.

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Has your crawl space recently started smelling funny, collecting water, leaning or sagging or rotting, or is something else amiss and you can’t quite figure out what is going on? We can help!

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Help! My Basement Wall Has a Crack! An Expertís Take On What To Do First

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When you own a home, you never know when the day may come that you walk into your basement and notice one of your walls has developed a crack.

Even though finding a crack in your basement wall is always going to be stressful, it can help to know this is actually quite common.

This is especially the case in older homes and in those built on unstable terrain where soil has a high natural moisture content, such as near the beach. But any home can develop a crack in the basement wall given sufficient time and the right types of pressure.

What is important is not to panic, but to take a deep breath and follow the steps we outline in this post.

4 Types of Basement Walls

There are four basic types of basement walls used in residential construction today.

Poured concrete wall

The most common type is the poured concrete wall. As the name indicates, a poured concrete wall is created by pouring wet concrete into some type of wood or metal frame and allowing it to set.

Concrete block wall

The second most common type of wall is the concrete block wall, also sometimes called the cinder block wall or masonry block wall. The name gives its structure away—these are pre-made stacked blocks held together with mortar.

Solid concrete wall

Another relatively common wall type is the pre-made solid concrete wall. With this type of wall, the concrete is poured to set ahead of time and the drywall is then transported to the building site and set into place.

Brick, stone, clay wall

Brick, clay and stone walls are no longer common, but are still found in vintage and historic homes with basements.

3 Types of Basement Wall Cracks

Basement wall cracks can happen for a variety of reasons. However, there are three main categories of triggers for the majority of basement wall cracks.

Shrinkage

Shrinkage describes what happens when a poured concrete wall starts to dry. Some amount of shrinkage is to be expected as the poured concrete dries, even under optimal weather and “curing” (concrete drying) conditions.

However, a number of variables can interact to create less than optimal conditions for curing a newly poured concrete wall. Dramatic temperature shifts, sub-optimal concrete mixes, super-wet or dry conditions and other factors can impact how much shrinkage occurs and how that shrinkage affects your basement walls.

Settling

Settling is what happens when your basement walls begin to interact with the surrounding soil or water table.

This might happen over time as a result of shifting terrain or changing water table levels or soil composition. Or it could happen more rapidly after a severe weather event such as a major flood.

Movement

Movement can include settling. When the surrounding soil and terrain shifts, this can cause your basement walls and foundation to shift.

Poor drainage, blocked window wells or inadequate landscape grading can also cause hydrostatic pressure against one or more basement walls, causing them to bow inward or outward, lean, tilt or bulge.

3 Steps to Take After Noticing a Basement Wall Crack

First and foremost, what you need to know is that any crack in your basement wall always carries a message with it. Your job is to decode the message your basement is sending you and that will tell you what steps to take next.

1. Call in the pros

Unfortunately, most homeowners know little if anything about deciphering basement wall crack messages. For this, you will want to bring in an expert who can examine the crack in detail, figure out how it may have formed and what, if any, action needs to be taken next.

Some cracks are relatively normal, even unavoidable. Shrinkage-related cracks, for example, will nearly always happen when your basement walls are constructed from poured concrete. The goal here is to minimize the shrinkage, not eradicate it entirely.

But other cracks are more serious, even if they don’t always look serious. Some basement wall cracks are so slight they are almost impossible to see with the naked eye, and you can detect them only when a white material called “efflorescence” starts to form near the crack. Efflorescence is a build-up of mineral salts left behind when seeping moisture evaporates.

2. Evaluate your options

Basement experts have all kinds of wonderful technology that can help diagnose what is causing basement cracks, how serious those cracks may be and the best corrective options.

Many homeowners are quite reluctant to reach out to an expert, thinking it will lead to thousands of dollars in basement repair expenses. The important thing to remember here is that you simply need to know what is wrong. You don’t necessarily need to take action to fix it right away.

Some cracks are relatively minor and may only require the help of a dehumidifier to extract excess moisture to prevent mould and mildew growth. For cracks that do represent significant structural impact, the more you can learn about what has caused the crack, the better you can plan ahead and budget to fix it.

3. Create your corrective plan of action

All kinds of creative options are available today to fix foundation cracks.

Sometimes the simplest option is affordable basement waterproofing, which effectively seals up your basement walls and foundation from the inside against cracks and the resultant leaks.

Sometimes a two-step approach is required—first repairing cracks by installing supportive wall anchors, braces or reinforcers and then applying basement waterproofing to prevent additional moisture from entering your basement space.

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My Basement Is Always Humid: What Basement Humidity Means & How to Fix It

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There are some times when adding humidity to your indoor air is a good thing. A bit of strategically managed humidity can improve your health, ease the signs of aging skin, fight off static and keep home furnishings in good repair.

But too much humidity or humidity in the wrong places can be damaging. Your basement is one of those places where you just don’t want to have overly humid air.

According to the Basement Health Association, overly humid air is the number one cause of mould, mildew and major basement repairs.

If your basement space always seems overly humid compared to your above-ground environment, it’s time to take action. In this post, we discuss what can cause basement humidity, what it means and how to fix it.

Aiming for the Ideal Humidity Range

Natural Resources Canada strongly recommends maintaining an indoor air humidity level of 30 to 50 percent year-round.

When humidity rises above 50 percent, this creates conditions ripe for mould and mildew to colonize and spread. Similarly, when humidity drops below 30 percent, the extreme dryness can cause respiratory distress for you and creaks and cracks for your wood furnishings.

Because outdoor air humidity levels can fluctuate outside of this range seasonally, sometimes it can be difficult at first to diagnose a problem with basement air humidity.

Why Basements Become Chronically Humid

How does a basement become too humid? The most obvious reason is the presence of a water leak. When moisture seeps into your basement, this naturally raises the moisture content inside the space.

Micro-fissures

But what many homeowners don’t realize is that often basement leaks are too small to be easily seen. Most basements are made from poured concrete or concrete blocks. Concrete is a naturally porous material that will continue to settle over time.

With shifting soil, storms, changing water table levels and other natural factors, micro-fissures and tiny cracks can begin to form and let in water.

If you never see standing water in your basement but the air is continually humid, you may have one or several of these tiny micro-fissures allowing water to slowly infiltrate your basement space.

Cracks

Of course, leaks can get much bigger, and sometimes outright cracks will form and you can see water coming in.

Clogs or drainage blocks

Clogged gutters, blocked window wells, malfunctioning downspouts or shifting landscaping can compound the issue and create a situation where water enters with increasing ease.

Sump problems

Another way water come in is when the sump pump system begins to wear out. This can happen due to old age or increasing demand that the sump system was never designed to handle.

What Happens When Your Basement Is Chronically Humid

Why be concerned about a chronically humid basement?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites a number of concerning health and structural issues that can arise when your basement is overly humid or damp.

Over time, a chronically humid basement may cause warped, bowed or sagging walls and floors, mould and mildew, bacteria growth, damage and destruction of stored materials or basement furnishings, windows and doors that won’t open or close and similar structural issues.

Similarly, basement humidity can cause issues with your above-ground structure as well, especially once mould and mildew take hold and begin to spread, leading to extensive and costly remediation work.

How to Fix a Humid Basement

Having a basement can increase your resale value by adding useable space. But it can also become a headache when maintenance needs arise.

There are two ways to approach fixing a chronically humid or damp basement space.

Put a band-aid on it

The first is what we call a “band-aid” approach. You can install a portable dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air. For minor issues with basement humidity, sometimes this is all that’s needed for a time.

But this isn’t what we recommend for a long-term solution. You can be pretty sure that your basement humidity issues are not going to resolve on their own!

Even if you don’t have any desire to sell your home right now, not properly fixing the issue can be a liability when you do want to put your home on the market. More importantly, ignoring or band-aiding chronic basement moisture issues can cause structural issues with your whole home over time.

Waterproof your basement

Affordable basement waterproofing is one of the hands-down best ways to fix a humid basement permanently. There are two methods for how to fix a leaky basement: exterior waterproofing and interior waterproofing.

From a basement waterproofing cost perspective, we typically recommend the latter.

In fact, waterproofing your basement from the outside is typically financially feasible only as a preventative approach to protect new basement construction. For existing homes with humid or leaking basements, interior basement waterproofing works just as well and is vastly more affordable!

For micro-fissures that are permitting a bit of extra moisture to seep in, interior basement waterproofing alone is often sufficient to solve the problem permanently.

If your basement has developed a larger crack that is letting in more water, or if you have blocked window wells or issues with your above-ground drainage or landscaping, we may recommend a combination approach that includes repairs and interior basement waterproofing to protect your home and basement from humidity over the long term.

The good news is, interior waterproofing can be done on a finished or an unfinished basement space. If your basement is unfinished, the interior waterproofing treatment will not impact the option for finishing your basement at a later date.

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I Found White Flaky Stuff on My Basement Walls: What Should I Do?

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That white flaky stuff you see is called “efflorescence.” It’s mineral salt residue that gets left behind when water evaporates. Sometimes it looks like white dust at first, but then you realize it’s in the middle of the wall or in another odd spot where dust normally doesn’t collect.

So what is efflorescence? How does it get there? What does it mean and what should you do? That is what we will discuss in this post!

Efflorescence: What Is It & Where Does It Come From?

At its most fundamental, water is a molecule made up of atoms. The water molecule contains precisely three atoms: two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (or H2O, as you probably know). But water can also have lots of other things in it, too!

Water is what chemists call a solvent—a substance that has the power to dissolve other substances. In fact, water is a universal solvent, which means it can dissolve more different types of substances than any other solvent on the planet.

As well, the way water is constructed, with two positively charged hydrogen atoms and one negatively charged oxygen atom, lots of substances that need dissolving are naturally attracted to it. Salts, minerals, chemicals and other substances are drawn to water, so water picks these substances up as it flows toward wherever it’s going.

Then it gets to your basement—from a recent storm or a rising water table, or from sprinkler system runoff or some other route—and it is carrying all these other substances with it. What happens next?

How Efflorescence Gets Into Your Basement

“Efflorescence” comes from a French word that means “to flower out.” This is exactly what efflorescence does! That dusty white matter you see is composed of the mineral salts “flowering out” as the water that carried them inside your basement evaporates, leaving them high and dry (so to speak) and in plain sight.

What is interesting about the building blocks of the typical basement structure—concrete blocks, poured concrete, masonry bricking—is that this material is naturally somewhat porous. Basically, this means that water can and does regularly penetrate the material.

In past centuries, when basements were installed directly over cellars as a point of access to food supplies stored beneath, no one much cared if the basement area took on a bit of water or became seasonally humid. But today, people live, work and play in basements, which are viewed as an extension of the home’s useful space.

So today, when a new basement is being constructed, some type of initial damp-proofing protection is typically applied. But this initial application has a shelf life, which can be shortened further by shifting soil, changing water table levels, ground settling and other factors.

As the initial damp-proofing wears off, porous concrete begins to take on moisture in a number of ways. This moisture makes its way through tiny capillaries and pores in the concrete and seeps into your basement, where it slowly evaporates and leaves behind its calling card—dried mineral salts, or efflorescence.

What Efflorescence Is Trying to Tell You

As you may have figured out by now, efflorescence is carrying a message from your basement to you to let you know moisture is getting inside somehow.

Its primary routes may be micro-fissures or capillaries—tiny channels so small they can be nearly impossible to perceive with the unaided eye. Water can also enter through larger fissures or cracks that are visible.

Another way water routinely gets in is through windows when window well drains get backed up or simply degrade and stop working. Water can also seep up from the ground through your foundation and cause dampness on the basement floor.

If this seepage is quite slow, efflorescence may be the only warning sign to alert you that your basement has a leak.

Here, it can help to do an initial walk-through and note the areas where you see efflorescence. Next, clean the white powder away from those areas and wait a few days and do another walk-through. Notice if you see efflorescence everywhere or just in one specific area. This will give you information about where and how moisture may be entering.

What to Do About Efflorescence in Your Basement

Learning how to control damp, moisture and water leaks inside basements is an ongoing science. As homes get older, new problems are discovered and new solutions are created to solve those problems.

The best step after discovering basement efflorescence and doing your basement walk-through to find as many affected areas as you can is to contact a professional to inspect and evaluate your basement’s risk level for water damage.

In some cases, the risk may be low and a dehumidifier can handle the moisture removal to buy you some time to budget and plan. In other cases, the moisture may point to a bigger structural issue that needs resolution before it worsens and turns into a major repair.

Affordable basement waterproofing options exist to prevent moisture damage in your basement, provide peace of mind and improve the future resale value of your home. Best of all, waterproofing basement walls from inside will not impact the usability of your basement space.

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