Rain. We’ve seen plenty of it in our area this Spring. We’ve also had lots of calls from homeowners concerned because they have noticed a problem. People looking for a basement waterproofing company that can help because every time it rains they notice their basement walls and floors leaking. It’s been a bigger problem this year than other years, and many people wonder if is it a big problem that they need to have fixed right away. Let’s talk about the causes of basement leaks and what it can do to your home.
Causes of basement leaks
When the soil around your home’s foundation is oversaturated with water from heavy rain, it puts pressure on your foundation walls. This is the biggest cause of leaks. Even a hairline crack can leak. You can experience anything from seepage to running water through cracks caused by hydrostatic pressure (the build-up of that water around your foundation.) If the soil is poorly compacted, this can make the problem even bigger as loose soils tend to absorb more water.
Window Wells are another cause of problems. Window wells can leak at the seams. Sometimes window wells can fill up with rain runoff. This is why it is really important to keep your exterior drainage in good condition and keep gutters free of debris, and your downspouts clear.
How is that water getting in?
Cracks. Cracks in doors, cove joints, the floor, the walls, as well as cracks in mortar joints or masonry foundation walls.
So what can water do to the overall health of your home?
Water can lead to mold spores, mildew, wood rot, and rust. It can make the air in your home unhealthy leading to asthma problems and other health issues. It can ruin your belongings, making living spaces un-livable. It can lead to major foundation problems if you don’t take care of problems early. Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make. Protect your home and more importantly, your family, with waterproofing solutions made to fit the needs of your home. Contact Reliable Waterproofing and Masonry, a professional basement waterproofing company, for an expert analysis.