About Marcus Thompson

About Marcus Thompson

Your Leaky Basement: What May Be To Blame

by Kaylee Craig

You may be used to the dank and wet odor coming from your basement, but this doesn't mean that you should just ignore the issue. Your basement should be a sturdy structure in your home and be free of moisture and other issues. Learn what is making your basement leak and remain moisture-rattled, so you can repair your problem quickly and have a strong foundation in your entire home.

Cracked walls

You may notice that your walls appear to be weeping. This is usually due to cracks in your concrete walls, which is a common occurrence in homes with basements. As your home settles, the concrete has to shift as well. This leads to minute or noticeable cracks that allow moisture into your home. Signs you have cracked walls in your basement include:

  • moisture or dripping
  • stains on your walls
  • mold growth
  • musty odor
  • wetness around floor at the base of the wall

Foundation crack repair experts can locate the cracks in your basement and fill them in, so you can avoid more water damage in your home. They can also help you pinpoint what is causing your cement to falter, so you can help prevent this issue from reoccurring.

Poor ventilation

Another reason why your basement may appear wet is poor ventilation. This is especially true if you have an unfinished basement with exposed plumbing or storage areas that have dirt floors. Condensation from exposed pipes can lead to moisture in the air, and earth is naturally damp. Install a large fan in your basement and crack basement windows to help dry out any wetness in this area, so you can preserve wood from rotting and help protect this space of your home.

Old water heater

As a water heater ages, it often begins to leak. You may not notice this issue at first, but stains on your floor surrounding the unit and gathering of rust will soon become easy to spot. If you cannot afford to replace your water heater, you can still help reduce the water leaking out by insulating the base of the appliance. Have your water heater inspected so you can repair or replace leaking valves.

If your basement has a moisture problem, the sooner you can pinpoint the cause, the sooner you can repair the issue and help protect your home. Make sure your home is properly ventilated, repair cracks as you see them, and keep plumbing insulated, and you can make this space much drier and safer to use.


About Me

About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.