As humans and living things, water is our friend. At least, for the most part.

We need water in order to survive and proper hydration stabilizes physical and mental health.


However, if you’ve been reading our blog or following us on Facebook, you’ll know that water is not always a good thing, especially when it comes to your foundation.

Your foundation is in trouble if there’s too much moisture or water in your soil, a poor drainage system, or plumbing problems in your house. Water problems can cause your foundation to shift and crack.

But how can you tell if your foundation has water damage? 


Here are 7 signs to look out for:


Too much moisture or dampness

Damp foundation walls are obvious signs that water may be seeping through your foundation. Not only can this threaten your foundation, but damp surfaces are also perfect breeding grounds for harmful fungi and bacteria.


Stained basement walls or wall discoloration

If you notice grey or brown stains on your walls, it’s another sign that water is seeping through your foundation. The stains are caused by the minerals that form and bubble on the surface when water dries up.

If your walls, carpet or wallpapers are stained, it’s a good idea to get the help of basement waterproofing experts.


Excessive dust

It’s true that basements are often dusty. But an abnormal amount of dust in your basement can be a sign of water damage.

Dust particles are attracted to moisture. So if you have damp walls, more and more dust particles will cling to your basement.


Musty smells

Musty and unpleasant smells are never a good sign. So if your basement starts to smell, particularly if it smells musty, it’s a clear sign that something’s wrong.

This unpleasant odor is caused by a combination of mold, dust, and other forms of mildew that are attracted to moisture. So when looking for signs of a water-damaged foundation, don’t just look with your eyes; use your nose too!



Speaking of mold & mildew, they are also indications of foundation damage since they thrive in damp spaces. Look around for greyish, whitish, or greenish substances along your walls to spot for mold growth.

It’s important to note that mold & mildew are not just disgusting, but can also pose serious health risks for people with allergies and pregnant women. So if you notice mold growth in your basement or home, act quickly.


Foundation cracks

Cracks along your exterior or interior walls are obvious signs of foundation damage.

These cracks are usually the result of soil pushing against your foundation or water pressure. If you notice long and thick cracks along your foundation, stairs, walls or even your chimney, it’s important to get the help of foundation repair experts as soon as possible.


Notice any of these signs?

SSR can help you assess the damage, what caused it, and provide top-notch quality repair or replacement for your foundation. Get started with a free estimate here or call 980-250-2711.