1. Musty Smell
You know the smell. That smell has probably made your nose crinkle up at a relative or a friend’s older home. A musty-smelling home can be embarrassing if you’re hosting guests or inviting friends over, but it’s also a sign of a larger leakage problem. The odor is probably coming from mold or mildew in your home, and mold and mildew love dampness. Check around your home for damp spots where mold and mildew would thrive. If you find dampness in your basement, consider your need for a basement waterproofing system.
2. Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew aren’t just symptoms of a basement leakage problem. They’re harmful for everyone living in your home. Mold has been known to cause an array of health problems from a stuffy nose to a severe lung infection. A 1999 Mayo Clinic study found that 93 percent of chronic sinusitis diagnoses are caused by mold. If you find mold or mildew on your ceiling, don’t just dab some bleach at it. Keep an eye on your family to make sure the mold isn’t affecting their health. After you’ve determined the mold isn’t toxic, investigate further to find the source of the wetness that mold thrives in. If you find it coming from your basement walls or floor, it’s time to waterproof the basement.
3. Water Damage
This is the most obvious sign that your basement needs waterproofing. Water damage can come in the form of water stains, sitting water, damp basement walls, bowing walls and ceilings or cracks in your wall. There are DIY options to repair a home that’s taken on water damage. But if you really want a permanent solution to a leaky basement, you’re going to want to purchase a full basement waterproofing system.
4. Soggy Backyard
A good sign that your basement could use some waterproofing is a soggy backyard. If there’s a lot of groundwater near your home, there’s a good chance it’s invading your basement, drip by drip. A marshy landscape may be out of your control, but you can certainly prevent your basement from leaking with a basement waterproofing system. In the meantime, try draining your backyard with a French draining system.
5. Low Elevation
Just because you live far from the ocean doesn’t mean you’re safe from water damage and flood risk. In Illinois, flooding accounts for over 90% of declared disasters. Use an elevation map to compare your home’s elevation to the river stage levels. If you live close to a river or your home sits in a flood plain, consider purchasing a basement waterproofing system. During flood season, monitor the weather for flood warnings or advisories and STAY SAFE. Basement waterproofing won’t be able to save your home from severe flooding, but it may prevent water damage caused by minor flooding and increased groundwater.
There are tons of DIY techniques to waterproof your home, but we wouldn’t necessarily call them “solutions.” These techniques are always temporary at best. For a long-term basement waterproofing solution, we recommend B-Dry. B-Dry has been waterproofing basements since 1958, and they have an amazing reputation from previous customers. This system addresses the five most common ways that water enters your basement: seepage where the floor meets the wall, through cracks in the floor, dampness or wetness on basement wall, and standing water. The B-Dry System drains water into a high-capacity B-Dry pipe using weep holes. B-Dry’s waterproofing membrane Rigid Sealer keeps water from seeping in through your basement walls.
One thing we love about B-Dry is that after it’s installed, any tile, wood floors, or other floor covering can be installed on top of your floor slab. Peoria Siding and Window is a certified B-Dry installer. Unlike other basement waterproofing companies, we don’t subcontract. That way you know you will be getting the best service and professional workmanship available. To request a free in-home estimate, fill out this form or call (309) 717-0105.