Leaky basement
warning signs

A wet basement can turn into a huge problem for homeowners. If you leave a leaky basement untreated, it can eventually affect your entire home. Water can cause mild to severe foundation damage and can create health issues from mold and mildew growth — especially for those with respiratory problems. Fixing basement leaks and moisture problems early will save you many headaches and expenses down the road.

We consistently see homeowners wait until they’re ready to sell their home before they repair a basement that has leaked for years. In today's world, real estate disclosures require a current homeowner to advise a potential buyer about leaks or moisture problems. In the worst case scenario, a leaky basement can cause a real estate deal to fall through. Why not fix the problem while you still own your home and have peace of mind each time it rains knowing your basement will stay dry?  It just makes sense to have a reliable water drainage system and a quality sump pump.

wet floors

Water seepage causes consistently wet basements. This stagnant dampness can cause your basement and the rest of your home to smell awful. Wet basement floors can also act as a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. On top of this, basement moisture can significantly weaken your entire home's foundation.

The foundation of your home is specifically engineered to withstand the weight of your entire home — including your family and all your belongings. Your home's foundation is able to do a pretty good job at supporting this weight, but if it's weakened due to wet basement floors, more pressure is placed on it. Over time, this can cause serious repair issues and dangerous living conditions for your family.

Water, from rain or melting snow, will sit around the foundation of your home. If you have foundation cracks or an improper drainage system, water will naturally seep inside and lay stagnant on your basement floor. This is especially true, if your home's foundation sits underneath the water table line.

If you have a wet basement floor in Iowa, get in touch with our leaky basement repair crew at Anchored Walls. We look forward to working with you soon.

Wet Walls

Water problems in your basement can cause your wet basement walls to literally buckle, bow, crack or even fall down, if left untreated over time. Without proper basement waterproofing systems in place, every time it rains and your basement gets wet, water will seep in and ruin your basement walls as well as your foundation. Wet basements also make for a great breeding ground for mold.

Every time water enters your basement, the following problems can occur:

  • Foundation cracks
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Foundation failure
  • Musty odors from the basement
  • Decrease in home value

Sump Pump Problems

Sump pump issues affect many homes all over Iowa, but many homeowners don't really know how well their sump pump is working. If you live in a location in Iowa with water concerns, it's very likely that your home has a sump pump already installed. The sump pump's main job is to eliminate water, so keeping it functioning at all times is vital.

Plug-in sump pumps are prone to failure during power outages, so noting whether your sump pump has power or not will let you know if you have a sump pump problem on your hands. If this is something that occurs often, you may want to consider switching to a battery-operated sump pump or to a sump pump with a battery back-up.

excessive condensation

If you notice a musty smell coming from your basement, it's likely due to excessive moisture. More often than not, basement condensation problems are noticed during warmer months. Basement condensation doesn't necessarily mean that you have a leaking basement, but the problems caused from condensation can be just as severe.

Firstly, our basement repair company will figure out where the condensation is forming to stop the growth of mold and mildew. If not, this mold can spread very quickly and ruin your entire basement.

Most basement condensation problems originate along basement walls. It's not uncommon to see basement moisture collecting around the area where the basement wall and floor meets, as well.

To make an appointment with our basement condensation experts, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

efflorescence

Efflorescence is a white, powdery substance that shows up on the surface of concrete surfaces. Efflorescence can be a real eyesore and also an indication that you have a water problem in your basement. Normally, the problem won't show up for awhile — maybe even years.

Efflorescence is caused by water traveling through and over the concrete floor in your basement. As it travels, it goes through a process called capillary action. Basement water dissolves salts contained in the concrete material. When the water finally reaches the outside of the concrete, it evaporates and the white salts are left on top of the surface. Lower amounts of humidity and moisture in the basement can eliminate this problem entirely.

Please get in touch with our basement waterproofing services by filling out our online contact form as soon as possible to make an appointment to get your wet basement problem fixed.

Poor Drainage

A wet basement can be an indication of a poor basement drainage system. Keeping a basement dry, healthy and without any mold/mildew is one of the most critical things you can do to take care of your home. A damp basement can be a breeding ground for dangerous black mold and mildew. Such fungi can cause respiratory problems, headaches, fevers and a variety of other health problems.

Another disadvantage of poor drainage is that it can dramatically affect your home's foundation. Foundation cracks can start forming along your walls and even along your basement flooring. These structural problems can occur in both newly constructed homes and in older homes.

Please contact us for more information about what you can do if your basement has poor water drainage in place.

Musty Odor From Basement

If your basement has a musty smell, you probably have a basement moisture problem. You might have excess humidity and moisture collecting along your basement walls and basement floor. If left untreated, these areas can cause structural weakness and may also act as a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth.

Our basement waterproofing experts will be able to find areas of basement moisture and will also be able to provide you with expert advice and waterproofing solutions.

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