Cracks can form in foundations new and old, and commonly appear on your basement walls or floor. These cracks can vary in size depending on the amount of water pressure around the exterior of the foundation. It is common to see staining, moisture or dampness on the floor or walls after a heavy or saturating rainfall.
You may have noticed some discolored, textured, musty build-up on your walls and floor. This mold and mildew build-up can appear in many different areas, and thrive in a moist, damp environment. Mold and mildew can cause serious health conditions such as as allergies, headaches, sinus problems, and asthma.
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Dry affects the walls, baseboards, joists, floor or the bottom of a wood staircase and occurs when moisture comes in contact with wood for any length of time. This is due to excess moisture entering the foundation through your walls and floor. Dry rot fungus is also a major health concern.
If you are noticing any kind of basement water seepage, your foundation has already entered into an advanced stage of disrepair. Serious structural problems such as bowing and buckling of the foundation walls and floor are more likely to occur. You may also begin to notice mold, mildew, musty orders, bugs and insects or even mud after a rainfall.
Rust is also a common symptom of excess moisture in the basement. Rust may occur from water seeping into the foundation, but can also occur simply from excess moisture or dampness present in the air due to insufficient moisture control.