8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Tennessee
- Vertical cracks in concrete basement walls
- Water leaking through walls
- Carpet in basement is damp
- Foundation is sinking
- Drywall shows water damage
- Basement is "musty" smelling
- Basement smells damp
- Cracks in chimney
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- Tennessee has over 34,000 flood insurance policies issued. Of these, 16,000+ are in areas deemed to be "high risk" for flooding and water damage, including a wet basement.
- Start cleaning your furnishings as soon as possible. Your aim should be to thoroughly dry and clean the house before trying to live in it or have permanent repairs made. Early efforts should include taking furniture, rugs, bedding and clothing outside to dry and prevent mildew.
- Typical symptoms of moisture problems. They include corrosion of metals, the growth of surface mold or wood-decaying molds, insect infestations, spalling exterior brick or concrete, peeling paint, failing floor adhesives.
- It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- If you have a large amount of water in your basement or if there is no basement drain, you may need to buy or rent a sump pump to get rid of the water.
- If you need to correct moisture problems in your existing home, consult a qualified builder, basement designer, and/or insulation contractor in your area for specific basement moisture control measures tailored to your climate, type of insulation, and construction style.
- Over 60 percent of homes have a leaking basement. Wet basements tend to be one of the most frequent complaints of homeowners. If you have a damp basement, musty odors, efflorescence ("white powder"), or minor water leaks, it is important to fix it now before it gets worse or more costly, and before it has the potential for causing indoor air quality issues.
- ^ "Hurricane Season Flooding: Understanding and Reducing the Risk
",FEMA, Summer 2012, p. 1
- ^ "Moisture Control Guidance for Building Design, Construction and Maintenance
",EPA.gov, December 2013, p. 8
- ^ "Moisture Control