4 Signs A Basement Need Exterior Waterproofing

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Exterior waterproofing is one of the better investments you can make in a house, especially if it's clear that water is starting to damage the foundation or basement. You may wonder, though, if it's a project worth investing in at your location. There are some indicators that a basement needs more than the usual help keeping water out so look out for these four potential signs of trouble.

Water Coming Through the Walls

If you look around a basement and see signs that water is making it through the walls, it's time to consider an exterior waterproofing solution. Even if you put waterproofing on the inside without any exterior help, you'll merely be contributing to the destruction of the foundation. Water will get into the concrete, and it can expand if you live in a cold region that gets freezes.

You won't always see the leaks coming through, especially if you don't spend a lot of time in your basement. Instead, you might see signs of leakage, such as staining of the walls or even the floor.

Warped Doors and Windows

The presence of water in a basement can lead to moisture getting into doors and windows. The frame may expand, making them harder to operate because they've swollen. Especially if you encounter problems in and around the basement area, you may be getting excess moisture coming in from the ground.

Highly Air Conditioning Bills

The logic of this problem is a little bit roundabout, but the idea is that your A/C system might be good enough to compensate for the extra moisture. If you see your electrical bill going up, particularly in the rainiest parts of the year, it's worth thinking about whether something is making it work harder. Do a comparison of the weather across several years if you want to dig deeper and be sure.

Mold, Mildew, and Condensation

Sometimes the moisture simply wins, and when that happens, you can expect mold and mildew to love it. It's possible, though, that your house may be too tightly ventilated. Once you've established that isn't the problem, it's time to think about whether too much water is coming in.

Look for signs in odd places, such as the ceiling and the corners of the basement. You should check for wooden items that feel spongy or have icky stuff growing on them, too. It's also worth looking for condensation in the basement windows.

For more information, reach out to an exterior waterproofing service in your area.

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