What Causes Water In The Basement?

Heavy rains, overflowing gutters, and gutter downspouts dumping at the foundation can all cause the soil against your foundation to become oversaturated and inevitably lead to foundation leaks inside of your home. 

Over time the initial waterproofing system can become clogged and deteriorate. A foundation drain system captures the excess water against the base of your foundation wall and disperses it away from the house. This also reduces what is called hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure forces water inside of your home. When an exterior drain system fails, it creates a “false water table” underneath your foundation walls. This false water table causes water to be forced into your basement with the help of hydrostatic pressure. 

 

Signs of a Leaking Basement

Often enough, knowing you have a water intrusion issue in your basement isn't as easy as noticing a puddle of water on the floor. In many instances, water intrusion issues go unnoticed for long periods of time until they become a serious issue. Some common signs of a basement that's in need of waterproofing include

 

 

  • Condensation on cool surfaces

  • Groundwater leaks

  • Standing water

  • Wall discoloration

  • Efflorescence (white, chalky powder) on walls

  • Wall cracks

  • Mold or mildew

  • High humidity

  • Musty odors

  • Continuously-running dehumidifier

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