We use our basements for many purposes that can range anywhere from being a bedroom to being a storage area. The opportunities are endless and usually only depend on how much money you are willing to spend and how much time you are going to invest into the project. No matter how you are using it, though, the basement is still a particularly vulnerable room in your home.
Over time, the basement will become prone to problems that will merit remodeling or even basement wall replacement. The following are some signs you should look out for to know that your basement is in dire need of inspection.
It can often be difficult to notice when the paint in a basement is getting discolored. It might even happen in areas that you can’t really see, like in corners or around the edges of the ceiling. As soon as you notice discoloration, you have to get an inspection because it could mean there is a leak.
This is a more obvious sign that something is wrong in the basement because water should never be getting in. Water damage can lead to mold and other dangerous substances that could affect the health of people living in the home. A leak could merit a total basement wall replacement.
Cracks that form on the wall could be a sign of a foundation problem where the wall is straining under the weight of the house. This is not always a sign of damage however, and it could just be a cosmetic problem. The only way to tell is by calling an inspector to check it out.
If you have painted over the walls then you probably used a waterproof paint. This paint will keep the water out, but when the moisture evaporates it will expand and cause the paint to bubble. Therefore, bubbles are a clear sign of a leak and need to be looked at immediately.
Another obvious sign is less prominent because many people don’t leave wooden structures exposed in the basement. However, if you notice some wooden structures have started to warp or show signs of water damage, which means there is a leak or excess humidity in the basement. This will often compromise the wood itself, meaning it will need to be replaced.
No matter what signs you may notice that point to structural damage in your basement, you will have to call in an inspection to verify the extent of the damage and what will need to be done. It could be a quick and easy repair that only needs the leak to be plugged up. Sometimes however, there may need to be a full on project that leads to a total wall replacement and maybe even a complete remodeling of the basement.
Because there are so many variables that depend on the extent of the damage, you should not fret at the first sign. You should always look for expert advice before going further.