Basement Inspection

Why You Should Take Care Of Your Basement

The basement is probably the room in your home that desperately needs an inspection. Chances are high that the most damaging elements you can find in a residence are hiding in your basement. Pests and mold, for instance, are ruinous to not only your home but also to you and your family’s health.  To make matters worse, basement moisture may indicate other, more serious problems with your house. For example, poor drainage, plumbing problems, or ineffective gutters can all lead to moisture in your basement. As a homeowner, you might only notice the stains on the walls or a musty smell. As trained inspectors, we can determine the underlying cause of the problem, allowing us to resolve your headache.

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What are some of the issues we might find in your basement?


Residents of Milwaukee might start to pick up on some unwelcome guests in their houses during the winter months. Rats, spiders, skunks, and termites can make their way to warm shelters during the cold Milwaukee season. A basement offers the perfect shelter for these pests. It provides suitable moisture levels, enough food, adequate darkness, and several hiding spots – conditions that are very appealing to insects. 

Our inspectors can help you identify hidden insects that are infesting your comfortable home. It is not only unwanted intruders you can see that damage your home; even undetectable insects such as termites can bring you considerable loss. If left unattended, termites will slowly weaken your entire home’s structure, so trapping them early can save you a lot of money in future repairs.

After conducting an inspection, our experts may recommend some proven methods to drive away these undesirable animals, allowing you to maintain a clean, secure basement. These include the following methods:

  • Lowering humidity – Drying out your basement with a space heater or dehumidifier can eliminate a majority of the creatures dwelling in your house. 
  • Sealing up openings — Finding the entry points for pests prevents further damage to your basement. 
  • Eliminating sources of food – Birdseed, grass seed, and root vegetables are some of the things you might be feeding your pests unknowingly. Check for them, and transfer them if possible.

Cracks or Defects

Your home has so many active structural forces at any given time, forcing several materials to respond accordingly. Stone basements may display some cracks that may be a result of occasional environmental stress. After inspecting your home, I may advise you to seek a structural engineer or a qualified foundation specialist, depending on the type of crack your basement is displaying. Your home may be having some defects that signify serious foundational problems. 

By getting a comprehensive examination from someone like an basement specialist, you’re preventing costly damages to your entire house. It’s common to see homeowners spending larger amounts when fixing their foundations than when replacing their roofs. 

However, we often discover aesthetic cracks that do not destroy walls. For example, angular cracks that mostly occur in brick walls above foundations typically appear after a significant weather change. These superficial cracks are usually not severe enough to ruin your basement.

Present in basement floors and interior doors, a hairline crack is also harmless. Regardless of how well your home was constructed, small cracks will eventually appear because of settling, which occurs naturally in the aging process.

Other Problems We Inspect Inside Basements

To survive, mold needs to eat something. It will happily chew away from your home if you allow it, eventually ruining your drywall, carpet, or wallpaper. This case, however, is rare, and most molds satisfy themselves with the dust that gathers in moist basement areas. 

Even if they might not necessarily destroy your home, they might make it look and smell unpleasant. This smell is commonly known as ”musty” and is often accompanied by spider-like growths and tiny black specks, resulting from mold marrying your basement walls. Spider-like growth is often slippery and risky especially if it grows on damp stairs. 

Caused by too much moisture, mold thrives in wreaking havoc — it won’t rot wooden objects or damage any structures, they leave that to fungi. They wreak havoc even on your health. If you’re suffering from respiratory disease, mold can escalate your condition, possibly affecting your long-term health. 

I can uncover any mold in your home, regardless of whether they’re green, white, or black. You can trust us to offer you professional advice on identifying mold like substance.

Foundation settlement can present a few challenges to your home. They include cracks in your stair steps, sticking windows, and leaning chimneys. Given that different settlement problems are signs of different levels of severity, you need to spot the issue early so you can avoid a huge headache later on.

Looking for leaks in the house can be a tedious task. Looking for leaks in the basement, a dark room that’s filled with random valuables is an even more tedious task. But the importance of finding these leaks can’t be understated. 

A leak in the basement can damage your home in a variety of ways. Here are some of the ways:

  • Flooding can result from a leak that’s left unattended. Water in your basement can damage your furniture, floors, and any other valuables stored in that room. 
  • Bacteria of all types can present themselves in your basement through an unchecked leak. Disinfecting any areas that are affected, immediately after drying out the flooded room, is important
  • A basement that’s leaking can make your home look less appealing. On top of that, it can also depreciate its value, making it hard for you to find an ideal buyer if you ever put your house up for sale. You’ll also find it difficult qualifying for flooding coverage if your basement floods regularly. 
  • Moisture of any kind can destroy framing, wooden objects, and drywall.