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Because they lack adequate ventilation, basements tend to get musty. They should never be wet, however. If you notice mold growing on the walls or puddles forming on the floor, some portion of the structure has probably been compromised, and foundation waterproofing may be in order. Here are some of the most common entry points for water, so you know where to start troubleshooting. 

3 Places Where Water Can Enter Your Basement 

1. Cracked Floors

As a structure settles, the concrete that makes up its lowermost flooring can crack. Snaking tree roots, shifting earth, and poor construction can also compromise sections of the floor. If left unchecked, water from the surrounding soil can eventually seep through these cracks and into the basement. 

2. Crumbling Stairs 

If there are exterior stairs leading into your basement, they should be inspected often for any cracking, crumbling, or excessive wear and tear. Water seeks the path of least resistance, which includes flowing down staircases. 

If the steps are not sealed properly, the water will make its way into your basement. If the staircase is in good shape, but water still appears to be entering from that area of the home, inspect the door at the bottom of the steps. Are there any gaps between the door and the frame? Are the gaskets worn or loose?

3. Broken Walls

The flooring isn’t the only part of the foundation that can crack as the house settles. The walls lining the basement are also vulnerable to damage from hydrostatic pressure, which occurs when the weight of the surrounding soil pushes inward. Gaps at mortar joint points can invite water in, as well. 

As always, be sure to contact your local masonry experts for chimney repairs, fireplace repairs, tuckpointing, waterproofing and stone work of all kinds! Call Oberer Construction Company today at (513) 829-5270.

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