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Is Water On a Concrete Floor Dangerous?

If water makes its way into your home, you can find yourself contending with serious structural problems as well as immediate safety concerns. Standing water in your basement can cause anyone to slip, for example, or can come into contact with your fuse box and short out the power in your home. 

However, concrete is also considered to be a porous surface when it is not primed. Your floor is unlikely to have primer on it and will therefore take in water at a relatively rapid pace. As such, the whole of your floor can start to bow within a few days of that seepage, making its way indoors. If you don’t act quickly, the water that seeps into your floor can begin to seep back out if you walk over that sensitive surface. 

Internal Moisture and Your Home’s Structural Integrity 

There’s more to the danger than that, however. Water on a concrete floor, even as it is in the process of being absorbed, can lend to the moisture in the air of your home. During this time, that moisture can impact the structural integrity of your door frames, windowsills, and interior pipes. While your door and window frames can be replaced, it can be dangerous to leave a leak unattended if your pipes are at risk. A broken pipe can do almost as much damage to your home as a leak from your foundation or basement. 

As such, if you come downstairs one morning to find water on your basement floor, reach out to one of the professional contractors in your area. Together, you can determine where the water in your home is coming from and what steps you should take to stop up your leak. Afterward, you can discuss what waterproofing measures may help you protect your home in the days to come.