How to spot a wet basement?

Apr 28th, 2011No Comments

Most basements are built into the ground and this presents the possibility that water can intrude, turning what was once a dry basement into a wet basement. This is because water in the soil can put tireless pressure on basement walls. In addition water follows the trail of least resistance inside a home and over time can stumble on its way into a basement.

It is very critical when buying a house with a basement to check for signs of dampness. It's better to find out before you buy than afterwards, especially since you can't rely on seller disclosures.

Why can't you rely on seller disclosures? Because the sellers might not know about it. If the sellers did have awareness, however, and failed to reveal the water problems in a basement, it could be:

  • Difficult to prove in court
  • Take years to get into court
  • Costly to sue
  • Very expensive to dry out the basement


This is why you should always get an independent home inspection by a qualified and accredited professional, especially in areas with wet climate like New Jersey.

Here are the most noticeable signs of wet basements:

  • Water stains along walls or floor.    
  • Distinctive smell
  • Mold (lots of it)
  • Spalling Walls
  • Efflorescence - This is caused by salt deposits left behind by evaporating water - just turn off the light in the basement and observe the walls for few minutes. If they start to shine, then you will know for sure that there's a lot of moisture.

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