Waterproofing is one of the most critical parts of maintaining your home. Without it, you will start to see serious interior damage and could face bills in the tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars. Considering how cheap exterior waterproofing can be, even when hiring an expert contractor to apply it, it is a no brainer that you should keep a keen eye out for any signs of water damage. Here are three obvious signs that your exterior waterproofing is beginning to stop working and that it may be time to call a professional to help you out.
Rising damp is a visible stain that you will see on your walls that looks like, as the name suggests, a water line that is rising. This is because most of the time the material that makes up your walls is very susceptible to water, especially on the inside. It will suck up water like a sponge, which makes it doubly important that the exterior waterproofing works and covers the outside of your home completely. If you notice any type of rising dampness, whether that be in the main room or even the basement, call for an expert as soon as possible.
One symptom of water damage is a very bad smell. This is because water causes wood, plaster, and other building materials to decompose, and this can create fungus, mold, or bacteria. This decomposition process releases gasses, which is what you are smelling. Sometimes, you can notice a smell weeks before you see any physical signs of water damage. If you do find that you can smell something really bad but don't know where it is coming from, then you might want to schedule an inspection to see if they can root out the problem before it gets too big.
While mold can be behind the bad smells mentioned in the previous section, it can also have relatively no smell too. In this case, you need to be looking out for a clump of black or dark-colored spots all within the same area. Feel the wall or floor where you notice these spots. If it feels damp, or if it is quite bouncy when you push it, then it is likely damaged from exposure to water. Mold is not to be taken lightly, and you want to eliminate the source of the problem first by applying exterior waterproofing and quickly destroy the patches of mold already present so they don't expand.