Planning to Buy a House? Look For These Signs of Basement Waterproofing Problems

Are you shopping for a new house? If yes, then it must be an exciting time looking for an ideal place in the best community with the best schools. There are bedrooms and bathrooms to be considered – and the granite countertops too!

Maybe not as exciting, but every part is as important, is the basement condition of your new home. You should not neglect the basement thinking its potential as a storage space because a bad basement can easily turn your dream home into a nightmare.

Here are the signs of potential basement waterproofing problems to make sure that your new home’s basement is dry, safe and healthy, and won’t cost you a fortune for wet basement service repairs.

Damp Odor

If a basement smells like a locker room, chances are there is water seeping into it. There may not be other signs of water infiltration but the odor always tells.


Black, green or white, whatever the color, the signs of mold in the basement are a serious concern. Not only you will have to get a water problem repaired, you’ll also have a mold remediation job to deal with.


If you spot a white, chalky substance on the walls, it is efflorescence – mineral deposits that come out of wall cracks and openings where water has infiltrated. Not a very serious situation but a bad sign.

Cracks in the Walls

You may not see water seepage signs yet—but foundation wall cracks never appear themselves and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll have to call wet basement service repair. The good news is that crack repair is not an expensive waterproofing job.

Bowed Walls

Do you see an inward curve or bulge in a foundation wall – specially one made of concrete block? If yes, then prepare for some repairs soon. Bowed walls will cause water infiltration and may weaken the entire foundation but can normally be fixed with steel bracing.

Water Lines on Basement Windows

Basement windows are supposed to let in light and air. Signs of retained water means the window well drain is either severely clogged or missing.

Water Marks on Walls

If you see stains from water that are running down basement walls, water has entered the basement due to exterior sources of infiltration or grading problems. If it occurred once, it’ll likely to occur again.

These signs will help make you a smarter home buyer if you consider them when making a final decision on buying your new home. Don’t let these signs scare you away, though, because all these problems can be permanently fixed by a reputable company dealing with home waterproofing Hamilton.

At Big Roc Waterproofing, we’ve helped many homebuyers keep their dream houses dry, safe and healthy. So, if you’re buying a new home or just bought one and think you may have a basement water problem, contact us for a free consultation.

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