What to Check First If You Have a Wet Basement

Discovering water in your basement is a big cause for concern. Before you call a contractor about your wet basement, make sure to check these three areas first.

  1. Washing Machine

If you keep your washing machine in the basement, check for signs of a leak around the appliance. The culprit could be a broken rubber hose, which over time becomes vulnerable to surface damage.

Once the tube is weak, water pressure will force it to break and cause a significant leak in the basement. You may hear a loud popping noise if you’re nearby. It’s crucial to turn off the main water supply right away.

2. Water Heater

You can expect your water heater to last for approximately 10 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. As it ages, it becomes susceptible to leaks.

Minor drips may cause minimal water damage on the surrounding floors and walls. If left unresolved, it will cause significant issues such as mold and extensive property damage.

3. Humidity Levels

It’s not unusual for condensation to accumulate in basements. This condensation occurs if there isn’t an efficient basement waterproofing system in place, thereby allowing water to enter the home. It could also be due to humidity from an open window, or by using a dryer or a humidifier in the space.

When the moist air and cold basement surfaces come into contact, the result is condensation. It can trickle from the walls, create a ring of moisture on concrete, leave a sticky feeling in the air, and cause significant damage to flooring. You may also smell mold or mildew.

Depending on the source of the leak, you may need a reliable contractor to resolve your wet basement. The professionals at Peak Structural are the most experienced basement waterproofing and foundation repair contractors in the Front Range. With nearly 20 years in the industry, they perform foundation repair and install dependable basement waterproofing systems. They’re also proud to offer lifetime, transferable warranties. Contact Peak Structural for a FREE estimate inspection at peakstructural.com or 719-260-7070.