Causes of Water Seepage and Basement Leaks
Water seepage is one of the most common problems associated with basements.
It can lead to an abundance of problems that can ultimately harm your
foundation, present breeding grounds for mold, and cost you an excessive
amount of money. Basement leaks can be prevented if you know what causes
them. The following blog discusses the most common causes of unwanted
water in and around your home.
Water Seepage Culprits
As discussed in a previous post, window wells are a prime suspect for unwanted
water making its way into the basement. Windows should be free from cracks
and properly sealed. If a window well doesn’t have adequate drainage,
or the drain is clogged or blocked by debris, water can accumulate in
the well. Even with a window free from any defect, without anywhere to
go, pooled water will eventually start to seep into undesirable areas.
A less obvious source of basement leaks can be from the water that occurs
naturally in the soil surrounding your house. Heavy precipitation can
cause excess water to saturate the soil. This saturation causes expansion.
That expansion can wreak havoc on a foundation, with excess water causing
cracks that eventually make way for leaks directly into your basement.
Speaking of cracks in your foundation, floor cracks are another common
way for water to seep into your home. Water in the soil surrounding the
foundation of your home can not only force its way in through the walls
but can come up through floor cracks. Hydrostatic pressure is formed when
water pools under the concrete flooring. Since it has nowhere else to
go, the pressure forces the water up through any present cracks and into
your basement. There are no quick fixes for this kind of water seepage.
Sump pumps are the best solution for hydrostatic pressure. A hole, called
a sump pit, is created in the concrete floor. Once the pit fills with
water, the electric pump is activated. The water is then pumped away from
the floor and foundation to differing drainage systems or wells. Water
will no longer pool under the flooring.
Water can also make way into a basement through wall cracks that weren’t
caused by soil expansion from saturation. Over time, concrete walls expand
and contract due to variables beyond our control.
Basement crack repair can be done many different ways, with a ton of solutions
from any hardware store, but we don’t recommend it as a permanent
fix. The root of the problem, pressure forcing the water in through the
cracks, must be resolved before the crack can be repaired. A repaired
crack will continue to allow water to seep into your basement if the underlying
water pressure isn’t resolved.
The space where the wall meets the floor in any room is called a cove joint.
This area can also be a contender for leaks and cracks. Since the floor
and the wall are different pours of concrete, over time, water can and
will make its way through this space and into your home with the presence
of excess water. While it can be sealed, this is only a temporary solution.
Water pressure will eventually compromise any sealant and leaks will return.
This leak is permanently fixed by repairing the crack on the exterior
and interior as well as fixing drainage around the foundation of the home.
If water seepage is gone untreated, you potentially allow your basement
(and the rest of your house) to become a perfect breeding ground for mold
and other hazardous problems. The integrity of your foundation can become
compromised. Your belongings can be ruined by water damage. The air in
your home can be humid or damp feeling. The overall value of your home
and health can deteriorate due to structural or mold damage.
Don’t Let Your Basement Get Ruined
At Triad, we take pride in our ability to rid your home of water seepage
and repair the damage caused by leaks. We are experts in water damage
remediation. Whether you already have evidence of unwanted water in your
home, or you would like to be proactive in preventing any future damage,
give us a call.
From problem plumbing to leaky foundations, we can repair and resolve any
water damage you may have.
We are not only licensed, bonded, and insured, but we also offer a lifetime
transferable warranty. Our basements can be wonderful extensions of our
homes. Let us help you keep yours in top shape.
Give us a call today for a free estimate!