A wet basement is often quite obvious, but if the basement is finished and the seepage of water is small and infrequent it may go unnoticed for years.
At the root of all water leaks into basements is hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure is caused by the buildup of water in the soil surrounding your building or house’s basement. This pressure can cause water to seep through and joint or crack in your basement walls and foundation.
Another common cause of wet basements is cove joint deficiency. The cove joint is where your basement’s footer, walls, and floor connect. Most experts consider the cove joint to be the most common entry point for water into the basement. If there is a flaw in the construction of this critical joint, it may be weakened and vulnerable to water leakage.
Additionally, the fill dirt surrounding your home can cause leakage into your basement. If that fill dirt is less dense than the original remaining soil surrounding the home, then it is likely to settle, expand, and contract over the years. This, in turn, exerts pressure on the foundation and basement walls.
Do I Need to Fix This?
The presence of water inside a basement is a severe problem whether the basement is finished or unfinished. Water within the basement can be a sign of larger issues. Every situation is different, but, at a minimum, a homeowner with a basement water problem should contact a certified professional to ensure that their basement and foundation are secure. Even if it is just a small leak it has the potential to get worse and cause a much bigger problem.
There are typically seven components of a water management solution:
- Moisture barrier (Encapsulated Membrane)
- 3″ Perforated Triple wall pipe (Lateral Line Drainage)
- Sump Pump
- Back-up Pump
- Structural Repair
Our team of technicians can properly evaluate your basement and design a custom water management solution for you. The process outlined above acts to reduce the hydrostatic pressure, seal up any entry points for water, and remove any water that gets penetrates the barriers.
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