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Leaky Basement Concerns

A moisture-filled and wet basement can turn into a huge problem for homeowners. If you have a leaky basementand you leave it untreated, over time it can affect your entire home. Water has the ability to cause mild to severe damage to a foundation, and has the ability to also create health issues from mold and mildew growth-- especially for adults and children with breathing problems such as asthma. By having basement leaks and moisture problems fixed early, you'll be saving yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

Many times we see homeowners wait until they get ready to sell their home before they repair a basement that has leaked for many 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 cases 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 keep your home well maintained and safe for your family.  Whether you just want to use your basement for storage or laundry or you want to add additional living space for entertaining, an extra bedroom or a media room, the very first step you need to take is to make sure you have a quality and reliable water drainage system and a quality sump pump.

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Wet Floors

Water seepage can cause your family's basement to have wet floors nearly everyday of the year. 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. Basement moisture can significantly weaken your entire home's foundation as well as your basement floors.

Your home's foundation is specially-engineered to be able to withstand the weight of your entire home--including your family and all your belongings. This weight is equivalent to tens of thousands of pounds. 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, a lot more pressure besides just weight is being placed on it. Over time, this can cause serious repair issues and even 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 IA, get in touch with our leaky basement repair crew at Anchored Walls by contacting us today. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Excessive Condensation

If you or another family member happens to notice any type of musty smell coming from your basement, then it's likely due to the fact that there is excess water hanging around your basement floor and basement walls. Most often, basement condensation problems are noticed during warm summer months. Basement condensation doesn't necessarily mean that you have a leaking basement, but the problems caused from condensation can be just as severe.

The first thing our basement repair company will do to stop the condensation from occurring is to figure out where the most amount of condensation is forming. The reason that this is so critical is because devastating amounts of mold and mildew can begin growing in these problem areas and can cause serious health problems for you and your loved ones. This mold can spread very quickly and ruin your entire basement.

The first place that we notice most basement condensation problems are 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.

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Wet Walls

Our basement waterproofing company knows that having a wet basement is no joke. 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.

Many homeowners tend to hear that and think that having a damp basement is a disaster, which it can be if you leave the problem untreated. 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 and you don't have a waterproofing system set up, the following problems can occur:

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

Efflorescence is a white, powdery substance that shows up on the surface of concrete surfaces in basements. 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's known as 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.

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Sump Pump Problems

Sump pump issues affect many homes all over IA, but many homeowners don't really know when they're sump pump is acting up until they wake up to a wet basement.

If you live in a location in Iowa where constant water damage is one of your main concerns, then it's very likely that your home has a sump pump already installed. The sump pump's main job is to eliminate water that has built up in a sump pit or in the water basin, 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.

Another common sump pump problem is the building up of dirt and debris over time. Like with nearly any mechanical device that has a lot of dirt clogged inside of it, a sump pump that has this kind of dirt and dust built up can see a decrease in its functionality.

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Poor Drainage

wet basement could 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 a wet basement due to poor drainage is that it can dramatically affect your Iowa 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 homes that have been standing for a long time.

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

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Musty Odor From Basement

If your home's basement in IA has a musty smell, you probably have a basement moisture problem on your hands.

If your basement doesn't smell very pleasant, it's very possible that you have excess humidity and moisture collecting along your basement walls and basement floor. If left untreated, these areas can cause structural weakness for your home's foundation and may also act as a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth.

The first thing you should do if you have a musty basement problem is to remove all belongings from your basement which may get damaged by moisture. You will be glad you did this if a rainy day comes while you're away from home. You could come home and find a wet basement and all of your belongings damaged.

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 for getting rid of the dampness