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Do I have a water Problem?

If you see one or more of these symptoms in your basement, you need to act fast: call us at 416-636-5227 for a free evaluation with no obligations!

Mold or Mildew

Excessive moisture in your basement can cause mold and mildew. These living organisms can grow and multiply in the walls, on or under the carpet and furniture. Black, brown, yellow or green, mold and mildew can cause severe health problems, including headaches, water eyes, coughing, scratchy throat, and blood in lungs. The elderly and infants are at higher risks of developing these and other health problems.

Unpleasant Odours

Musty, unpleasant odours are given off by the decaying material associated with mold or mildew. You can try to take out the smell by locating the source and cleaning the items associate with it.

Damp Spots on Walls

Moisture or leakage can cause dampness on the walls. On an unpainted wall that holds excessive moisture, it will turn dark gray. A painted wall will show darkening of the paint, or discoloration.

Peeling Paint

One of the most common causes of peeling paint is high humidity. When your basement has a dampness problem, moisture wicks through the porous surface of the paint and is absorbed into the brickwork behind it. When temperatures become warmer, the moisture behind the paint turns into steam and forces the paint off from behind.

Cracked Walls and Floors

Cracks can form in any shapes, sizes and directions and they don’t usually appear naturally. You might find vertical cracks, or horizontal cracks. It can be from settling of the foundation, pressure on the walls or under the floor, or many other factors.

Rust on Appliances or Furniture

 

Metal is prone to rusting when there is excessive humidity. Any appliances or furniture that has metal are susceptible to rusting, e.g. fuse boxes, water heaters, washers or dryers. You will need to remove the rust and repaint the damaged area as soon as possible, and then eliminate the cause of the moisture, otherwise the rust will reappear.