Worried about damp, wet walls or water in your basement or crawl space? Is it time to waterproof your concrete block walls?
Water is one of our most precious and valuable resources. It is also an incredible force of nature that can break down just about anything in its path.
Unless it is coming through the faucet on demand, you probably don’t want too much of it in your home. It can cause serious health problems and can literally wash your home away.
Even before it gets to that stage there can be many telltale signs there are deeper issues with water and your concrete blocks. Know what they are. Be aware there are likely deeper root causes. Make sure you get a professional opinion on what’s going on so you are not just putting a bandage on a much bigger influencing factor.
Don’t Ignore The Symptoms
If you are experiencing any of these, you might need to take a deeper look.
Condensation On Your Concrete Walls
Wet walls and condensation on your concrete walls may just be a sign of the weather. They can also be a sign of bigger water problems. Any dampness lurking in your basement can hike your electricity bills, cause mold and continue to deteriorate your home in many ways.
White Powder On The Walls
Unless you are in your basement on a regular basis, you may not see them wet. However, when the wetness dries, it can leave mineral deposits in the form of a white powdery or crystalline substance. Don’t ignore it. Chances are this is an ongoing dampness problem or leak.
Wet or Damp Floors
Damp carpet, obviously wet basement floors, water pooling in crawl spaces, warped or bubbling flooring in your home and floors separating from your baseboards are all signs of water issues. It could be from a fresh flooding, or it could be something that has been going on for years.
Wet and cracked drywall in the basement or upper floors of your home mean dangerous levels of water intrusion. There’s probably a lot more water damage happening where you can’t see it.
Noisy Sump Pumps
If your sump pump is running more noisily than usual, or just noisy in general, or seems to be running all the time, then this could not only be running up your utility bills but could fail you. Get it checked out.
Pesky, recurring smells shouldn’t be dismissed. There can be a lot of reasons for them. Many of them come back to foundation and water problems. If they are stemming from mold, then you and anyone in the home could be getting exposed to serious health risks. That’s aside from the fact that your home could be rotting from the inside out.
Where’s The Water Coming From?
Don’t just treat the symptoms. Recognize that the above can be signs of these root causes that need to be solved first.
- Cheap or faulty construction
- A property ill-prepared to weather storms or severe weather
- Previous flooding and storm damage
- Shoddy renovations and DIY house flips
- Poor grading around your Missouri home
- Missing or blocked gutters on the exterior of your home
- Excess water mounting pressure against your foundation walls
- Poor interior and exterior drainage
- Cracks in concrete walls
- Clogged footing drains
- Shifting soil
Solutions For Waterproofing Your Home
After having your home inspected by a professional, they will advise you of the best fitting solutions to treat the real causes of your challenges, how to waterproof concrete walls and prevent new breaches and ongoing intrusions that can destroy your home and health. You should request a free estimate and ask about available financing if applicable.
Solutions may include:
- Vapor barriers
- New support piers
- Repairing or replacing sump pumps
- New exterior gutters or cleaning existing ones
- Regrading around the exterior of your home
- Installing egress windows and window wells
- Installing interior gutters
- Installing French drains and grated drain pipes
Unless you are flushing or turning the tap on, you don’t want too much water in your home. Don’t ignore these signs of water-related issues. Don’t rush to patch them until you investigate the real source of the problem. Otherwise, you might be in for twice the time and expense, not to mention lost time while things are getting worse. Protect your health and home by getting them inspected.