Symptoms of Water Damage

Dealing With Water Damage

When you’re first noticing issues in your basement, you may wonder if water damage is the actual culprit. There are some easy-to-spot signs of water damage you can look for to find out if you’re dealing with a wet, leaky basement. American Foundation & Waterproofing has been fixing and permanently sealing wet basements for more than 20 years, so our team can help you diagnose the source of your issue and permanently seal your home against water intrusion.

Common Signs of Water Damage


Metal pipes, windows, HVAC units, and other glass or metal that regularly has excess condensation on its surface are a solid indication that you’re dealing with an inordinate amount of moisture in the basement.

Wet Walls & Efflorescence

Unfinished poured or block concrete walls will show moisture fairly easily. Look for visibly wet spots on the walls or a white film that builds up over time. This film is called “efflorescence,” and it’s caused by the presence of salt and other minerals from water being left behind, even after the water itself has dried.

Peeling Paint & Squishy Drywall

If you’ve painted the brick or concrete walls in your basement, water damage will cause the paint to flake and peel off after prolonged exposure. If drywall was installed in the basement, moisture can damage the material and make it feel soft or squishy to the touch.

Floor Puddles & Wet Carpet

The most obvious sign of water intrusion in your basement is water pooling on the floors or consistently wet carpets. This consistent water can lead to serious damage down the line.

Mold & Musty Smells

Smelling musty odors in the basement? This unpleasant scent is the result of mold and mildew growth. Whether you can see it or not, this mold can be detrimental to your family’s health. If you can smell the mustiness, you know there’s a water problem.

Bug Infestations

No one wants to deal with bugs in the basement, but if you’ve got water issues, you’re sending an open invitation to pests of all kinds. A dry basement can help keep the bugs at bay.

Other Issues Related to Basement Water Damage

Bugs and stinky smells are the least of your worries when dealing with a wet basement. Excess basement moisture can exacerbate allergies and other respiratory issues, especially in young children and older adults. Plus, extensive water damage can put the structural integrity of your whole home at risk.