Problems in the basement

by Home improvment news letter of D&M Construction ( 8-Jun-2012 )

Basement Problems

Basement problems can range from cosmetic to catastrophic. Whether your walls have ugly white powder on them, mold is growing on everything in the area, or you have four feet of water in the basement, your problems are not uncommon and can be fixed. Below is a list of the ten most common basement problems in the industry. Choose the one that most accurately describes your problem to continue.

basement filled with foundation water1. Basement Leaking or Flooding

Basement flooding comes from many locations both inside and outside of the home, from both the inside and outside of the structure.

Whether you have groundwater flooding into the basement or a leak in your plumbing, washing machine, or water heater, there's a way to fix it and keep your basement dry forever.

flooded, clogged sump pump2. Sump Pump Problems

Whether your sump pump is running nonstop, is being overwhelmed by too much water, or is not working at all, failing sump pumps is a problem you want to address right away. Your pump is the heart of your system, and without it, you have a flood on your hands.

basement wall crack leaking3. Basement Wall or Floor Cracks

Basement wall and floor cracks are surprisingly common, and often they do not indicate a serious problem. However, leaking basement wall and floor cracks can lead to significant basement flooding, and any crack could mean a foundation problem.

humidity and condensation in a basement4. Humidity in the Basement

If your basement isn't leaking, is it dry? Not necessarily. Basements are famous for being damp, dark spaces for a reason- they're full of moisture that can easily condense onto your organic and metal surfaces.

Don't let mold, rot, and rust thrive in your basement! 

mold growing on wood in a finished basement5. Basement Mold

Basement mold problems are a real and potentially serious issue. Mold can seriously affect your health and can easily damage photographs, clothing, books, and other organic materials stored in the basement. Fortunately, getting rid of mold is simple and easy.

a dead mouse in the basement6. Smells or Odors in the Basement

Foul smells in the basement mean odors wafting through the home. And among these smells are dead animals, animal waste, rotting wood, dust mite deposits, and mold spores. Who wants that?

white poweder on basement walls, damp foundation and leaks on the floor of a basement7. Basement Surfaces are Stained or Ugly

Do you have white powder on your basement walls? Is the paint chipping and flaking off? Do you have dark or red patches on your basement walls? Maybe you're just sick of looking at ugly concrete in your below grade space.

a block foundaiton wall that's bowing and buckling inwards8. Bowing or Buckling Basement Walls

If your foundation walls are buckling, bowing, or showing other signs of fatigue, it's time for a very serious look at your home. Damaged walls can quickly get worse, and in extreme cases can mean a failed foundation.

We can help get you started on the road to foundation repair.

sinking basement floors9. Sinking Basement Floors

Are your basement floors settling downwards like there's a sinkhole under the basement floor? If so, what can you do about it? Is it necessary to pull out the entire basement floor, or can something more effective be done?

leaky, rotting, drafty basement window10. Basement Window Problems

When you look at your window, what do you see? Is it rusted, rotting, or leaking water? Do you see weeds or a tree growing in your window well? Are your windows drafty and dirty?

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