How to tell if your Basement needs Waterproofing

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Basements can be useful added space in a home, mostly if it’s used properly, such as for additional living space, storage, or a game or hobby room. Real estate experts even say that basements could add value to your home. However, if your basement is damp and musty smelling, it puts a damper on the usefulness of this space. Moisture intrusion in a basement could also compromise the air quality inside your home. Find out how to tell if your basement needs waterproofing in Murfreesboro.

These are common issues to be on the lookout for in determining if your basement could benefit from waterproofing.

Your basement stinks

Under usual circumstances, basements shouldn’t smell. A basement that smells musty or mildewy likely has a moisture problem. However, you may not be able to see the moisture because it can intrude underneath the flooring, behind walls, and even in the ceiling.

You see mold in your basement

There is no mistaking mold. Mold can be green, grey, or black and sometimes becomes fuzzy when it grows long enough. It can spread rapidly and cause the air within the rest of your home to become compromised. Mold in your basement could exacerbate allergies, asthma, or other lung disorders. It could even ruin anything you keep in your basement. The only way to get rid of the mold entirely is to prevent moisture and dampness from entering.

You see efflorescence

Do you notice a white, chalky substance on your basement walls? It could be efflorescence, which develops when construction material is continually exposed to moisture. It is leftover salt from the moisture after all dampness has evaporated. It is not mold but could eventually damage your home’s structure.

You see cracks in the floors or walls

In extreme cases of ongoing moisture damage, the floors or walls of the basement, or even in other parts of your home, could crack or become damaged. This is usually a result of the foundation settling due to the presence of water or ongoing moisture damage.

Prevent These Issues with a Sump Pump

These issues can be prevented or stopped with a professionally installed sump pump by the professionals at Ameri Care. A sump pump is designed to operate and pump water out when it enters your basement. An automatic switch detects the presence of water, initiating the pump to begin working. These machines are even equipped with a battery backup, so in the event that your power ever goes out, the sump pump will continue to work as needed. While a sump pump addresses water issues once the water reaches the interior of your basement, they do not, however, address water intrusion issues to begin with. A drain system or waterproofing system is ideal for preventing water from entering your basement in the first place. To understand which option is right for your home, contact the professional waterproofing experts at Ameri Care by calling (615) 893-7111. We provide waterproofing services to homes throughout Middle Tennessee, including Hermitage and Mt. Juliet.