Signs You Need Basement Waterproofing

5 Signs Your In Need Of Basement Waterproofing

We all know someone who owns or rents a home with a basement that occasionally floods. Maybe that person is YOU! If you have spent hours bailing buckets of standing water out of your basement, you know you need basement waterproofing. If you would never consider leaving a cardboard box of books or papers on the floor of your basement, this article isn’t for you because you already know you have problems with water getting into your space. To fix those problems, call JLB Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing. The experienced JLB staff will find the cause of your situation before they offer a multi-tiered solution. 

On the other hand, some homeowners are unaware that they need to have their basement waterproofed. Here are some signs that your Kansas City home requires the help of a JLB crew. 

Musty Smell

If your basement smells like a middle school locker room, this is one indication that water may be getting into your basement. You may also feel that the air feels damper when you enter the space.  


We all know how dangerous mold can be for our health. Since mold thrives in moist, dark places, any sign of this fungi can be a huge indicator that your basement isn’t as dry as you think. Also, consider the health of the people living in your home. Even though each person reacts differently to mold, some people report having cold or flu-like symptoms that won’t go away. These symptoms can range from itchy eyes to severe headaches or wheezing.  

If you have seen or felt signs of mold in your home, it would behoove you to act ASAP. 


Consider any pieces of metal that are in your basement — perhaps you have a jar of screws sitting on a shelf in a work area. If the metal in your space is forming rust, you may have a problem with the humidity level in your basement.

Water Stains

Unless you spend a lot of time in your basement, you may not have noticed water leaking through an egress window or over the top of your foundation during the last storm. One way you can tell that there has been an issue is if you see signs of water stains on your walls, ceiling, or floors.

Bowed Walls

When the soil around your foundation swells and shrinks, this force may cause your walls to bulge or curve inward. Bowed walls may not mean that your basement is leaking, but it may mean that it will be soon. 

If your Kansas City house is displaying any of these “symptoms,” you may have water issues in your basement. Call in the experts to take a look — even if you are just concerned about a few small cracks on your basement wall or floor.  

Call JLB Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing at 816-656-6835.


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