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Cracked and Leaky Basement Walls

You have just stepped downstairs in the middle of the night to take the laundry out of the dryer.  You are bleary eyed and your next stop is bed.  As your foot touches the ground, you are shocked into wide-eyed wakefulness.  Something is wrong.  The ground shouldn’t be damp, but it is.  You immediately recognize that you have a leaky basement.

Nobody wants to hear that they might have to fix their basement walls, but the older your house gets, the more inevitable it becomes.  Thankfully, simple cracks in the foundation of your home or basement walls are easy to rectify.  The first thing you are going to need to do to fix those leaky basement blues is find the source of the problem.

First, look for cracks in the walls.  Use a flashlight to search every corner and crevice.  If your basement is made of concrete, you should be keeping an eye out for efflorescence, or white discoloration in the concrete.  That is a telltale sign that your leak is nearby.  Other obvious signs include bubbling paint, warped plaster, or places in your basement that seem prone to mold or larger than normal deposits of mildew.  Every time you find a new symptom of the problem, you are a step closer in recognizing whether this is something you can do yourself, or whether it is time to call the big guns.

If the symptoms are minor bits of moisture collecting from the subterranean depths of your basement, maybe you should just try a dehumidifier that will collect the liquid for easy removal.  If the problems are a bit more obvious than the proper thing to do is purchase a waterproofing compound and try a little crack repair yourself.  These two minor bits of help are going to fix most problems.

Some basement walls though, are going to need more than just a run to the local hardware store.  If you are starting to notice consistent moisture, or even dribbles of water coming from the corners, then maybe the job has moved past DIY and headed into emergency plumbing territory.  If that’s the case, then the right thing to do is call your local professionals.  Dr Pipe Drain & Plumbing Services are going to be happy to help you find out what the problem is and give it the attention and care it deserves.

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