What do wet or damp basement walls mean?

March 10, 2012

There is always that little “box” on a home inspection report that I know I have to mark when I see damp walls in a basement. While most homebuyers know that damp basements may be an issue…wet foundations surely are a big issue.

The question arises, does a wet wall equal future damage? We do know that water+time=mold.

Fortunately, damp walls or floor in a basement does not always call for a dramatic foundation “dig,”  but getting to the source of the moisture is important.

One of the evidences of a previous “wet” wall is a chalky white substance called “efflorescence.” This is a result of evaporation of water. Another clue could be a musty odor or humidity.

Please call me if you have any questions!