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Water stains along walls or floor. This could be caused by something simple such as an overflowing laundry tub or it could be a result of water seeping in through basement windows, the walls or the floor.
Musty odor or damp smell. Excess moisture in a basement can cause an unmistakable smell.
Mold. It could be colored black, brown, yellow or green, and you won't know for certain if it's mold without testing it. Often the northwest corner of a house is known as a "cold corner" and susceptible to developing mold.
Efflorescence. This condition produces a white or sometimes grayish ash on the walls. Sometimes it sparkles. Efflorescence is caused by salt deposits left behind by evaporating water.
Spalling. When water gets inside the surface of concrete, brick or stone, salt deposits from the water cause the surface to flake away, peel or pop off.
Potential Causes of a Wet Basement
Ground water. Water can seep through floors and foundations due to freakish heavy rain or seasonal run-off, or it could be constant water seepage.
Overflowing gutters. Gutters can overflow because of:
Clogging from leaves or debris.
Improper installation, for example, draining from the second-floor gutters into the first- floor gutters.
Sudden thaw from frozen gutters.
Not enough gutters. Sometimes homeowners install gutters in one or two locations but not all the way around the house.
Downspouts. Water problems can be caused by disconnected downspouts or downspouts that aren't long enough to direct water away from the house.
Improper landscaping or grading. This causes water to flow toward the house instead of away from the house.
Sprinklers. If sprinklers are aimed toward the house, too much water will accumulate at the foot of the foundation and /or leak through the foundation.
Condensation from pipes. Often, in high humidity areas, pipes will form condensation and drip, especially from air conditioner units without a release valve.
Water leaks inside the walls. If the interior walls lead directly from the attic to the basement, it can provide a direct channel for water from the roof to seep inside the house.
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