If you have noticed that your basement is showing small signs of water leakage, such as stains on the walls or even pools on the floor, you may feel as though you can put off having it looked at by a professional. However, there are two ways that your home's structures will suffer damage if you allow the problem with your wet basement to continue.
1. Creates Cracks in Concrete Walls
One way your wet basement is damaging your house is that it is leading to the creation of cracks in the concrete walls. When you have water leaking through the concrete walls of your basement, the pressure from the water pushes against the walls.
As the pressure increases and continues, the blocks from which the wall are made will shift. This shifting causes them to push against one another, creating stress fractures that crack the walls. These cracks then allow more water to pour into your basement.
Also, as the water pushes its way through the concrete, it pushes out the minerals and forms a crystal-like coating called efflorescence on the interior of the walls. As the minerals are removed from the concrete, the walls start to weaken, creating even more cracks in the structure that could eventually lead to crumbling.
2. Causes Rotting of Wooden Support Beams
Another way the water in your basement is wreaking havoc on your home's base structures is that it causes rotting of the wooden support beams. Even if the wood does not come into direct contact with the water, the moisture in the air will keep the material wet.
Not only does the constantly wet wood eventually start to rot, but the wood also becomes vulnerable to other problems that will speed up its deterioration. First, mold will start to grow on the surface of the wood, which will keep the fibers wet underneath them and speed up the rotting process.
And, since the wood is softened and made to taste better by the mold, termites may decide to take up residence in the support beams. As they burrow through the rotting wood, the deterioration of your support beams will speed up tremendously, thereby weakening their support of your house.
The longer you wait to have something done about your wet basement, the more your home's supporting structures will sustain damage. Contact a basement waterproofing service company to have them inspect your home's basement and discuss your options for fixing the water problem before it gets out of hand.