Do You Have A Leak In Your Basement?

Are there water stains in your basement? Does it smell musty? Do you hear water noises? If so, you might need your basement inspected for potential leaks. Read below to learn more about how we can help!

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Basement Leak

Common signs of a leaking basement

There are several common indications you have a leaking basement, including:

  • Water spots on the walls or stain marks. Moisture can cause discoloration of your walls and ceilings
  • A musty odor in the basement compared to other parts of the house. Mold and mildew grow on damp floors and walls
  • Standing water is the most obvious sign that you’re suffering from a leaking basement. This may include puddles on the floor or localized flooding
  • The sound of trickling water, gurgling, and/or drips coming from your basement walls or floors. These sounds can indicate that there’s a leak coming from your pipes or water supply

If you don’t correct a basement leak as soon as possible, it can cause problems with the foundation of your home.

A basement leak can also result in rotting floors, mold and mildew growth on walls, and even structural problems to joists and beams supporting your basement ceiling or floor.

What are the Most Common Causes of Basement Leaks?

At Rescue Plumbing, we often get calls about a leak in the basement.

Most of the time, when a customer calls about a leak in the basement, the leak has originated from a compromised sewer pipe.

There are many other potential causes of basement leaks that the Rescue Plumbing team is equipped to handle.

Basements hold the main arteries of your plumbing system

All the main pipes of your plumbing system usually enter your home through the basement.

The main water service line comes in through your basement towards the front of your property. 

Every property should have a main sewer stack access in the basement. 

For certain properties with an overhead sewer system in the basement, sump pits are installed with ejector pumps to feed water into the overhead sewer line. 

The most common causes of a basement leak

  • Your water heater could fail and lead to a basement leak
  • Your washer-dryer unit could malfunction and lead to a basement leak
  • If your foundation is damaged, the foundation walls could allow water into your basement. 
  • The sump pump could go out and no longer pump water out of your basement, causing a leak or flood

Any leaking in your basement can result in structural damage and potential mold growth which is very costly to repair.

It is important to allow a professional plumber to perform a basement leak inspection, so you can avoid these problems.

Rescue Plumbing: Your Life Raft To Safety

If you’re experiencing a leak or flooding in your basement, don’t hesitate to call Rescue Plumbing!

Our team of licensed plumbers will be there for you from start to finish. We are standing by to help protect your home and family.

Our team is ready to serve the Chicagoland area for any plumbing need, no matter how big or small!

We provide free verbal estimates so that we can accurately assess the scope of work needed before beginning repairs on your home. Don’t let water damage ruin your property; contact us today at (773) 799-8848!

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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, the Rescue Team has answers.

Basement leaks can be caused by multiple things such as a water heater failure, a buster washer-dryer, sump pump failure, and compromised sewer pipes.

Any type of leak can become problematic and create lots of damage if not addressed right away. It is important to determine the location of the leak first, this will let you know if flooding will happen sooner than expected.

When inspecting your basement for potential leaks lookout for water spots, standing water, musty odor, and even hear for water sounds.


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