Could it be White Mold and What Does That Mean?
Water damage in your basement can leave behind many different signs. A white coating on your basement walls is a common sign of water damage. Where does the white coating come from? When it rains, the earth around the foundation becomes saturated causing the basement walls to become wet.
As the water dries, it leaves behind a white powdery film on the foundation walls. This white coating is called efflorescence and is also referred to as mold or white mildew. It's a crystalline deposit of salts and occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits.
While it is generally harmless, it can cause structural damage to the basement walls over time. The salt deposits can eventually cause the surface to rot or erode and weaken the surface, leaving you with big and expensive structural damage to your home.
It’s typically only a cosmetic issue, but it is an indicator of water damage in your basement that can lead to more serious issues. If you notice a white coating on your basement walls, you’ll need your basement inspected for water damage.
Water damage can lead to many other serious issues for your home. If left untreated, water damage can result in structural damage, mold growth, musty odors, or bug infestation. The mold growth can lead to health-related issues for your family as well as musty odors inside your home. Identifying the white coating on your basement walls early enough can help you avoid these issues.
A musty smell can interrupt your family’s peace and create an unpleasant environment in your home. At MidAmerica Basement Systems, we have helped homeowners protect their homes for nearly 30 years. Our waterproofing products protect your home from dangerous mold growth and keep it free of musty odors. Contact us today for your free quote!