Basement water problems are pervasive. Whether you live in a generally humid area, a generally arid area, or somewhere in between, chances are that you’ve had basement water problems of some kind at some point. A wet basement is a huge problem, and there are many other issues that can arise because of these basement water problems.
MUSTY BASEMENT SMELL
Dampness, cracks, and waterproofing issues can cause serious basement moisture problems, which can themselves lead to mold and other health concerns.
WET DRYWALL IN YOUR BASEMENT
Wet drywall typically comes around because of cracks in your walls and general leaking.
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WET BASEMENT CARPET
Fixing problems associated with dampness, cracks, and flooding is not always easy, and you can’t always fix it on your own.
There are numerous reasons your house may have these problems. Most of these causes stem from the ground.
A footing drain is installed just outside of your home’s basement foundation. This drain is meant to keep water away from your foundation but it can easily clog. The footing drain is thick pipe that has holes drilled into it to allow water to drip into the pipe.
Stone is laid on top of the drain pipe to prevent the backfill from clogging the pipe. Over time the backfill seeps through the stone and clogs the pipe. There’s no way to keep the footing pipe clean unless you want to excavate the ground surrounding your home to flush the pipe. This is incredibly messy, expensive and could damage your foundation. And who wants to do that?
When storm season comes around, you need to do more than prepare for the storm by buying supplies. You also need to prep your home for the heavy rain and flooding that the storm may bring.
The heavy rain and flooding brought by the storm contribute to hydrostatic pressure and soil settlement. Both of which can result in basement wall cracks and a very wet basement. So when storm season comes around, make sure to check your sump pump, current waterproofing and have a plan in place to help keep your basement dry. When in doubt, call your local basement waterproofing experts.
A clogged footing drain will not collect any more water. So the water puddles up into the backfill and starts pushing against your home. The weight of the water creates pressure which pushes against your foundation – this is also called hydrostatic pressure.
The hydrostatic pressure pushes the water into the porous concrete and through cracks in the block or mortar. Over time the hydrostatic pressure, soil settlement and seasonal changes can result in basement wall cracks or cracks in the poured concrete.
Just like its summer and fall cousin, Tropical Storms are famous for flooding basements. The heavy rain and flooding caused by Tropical Storms add to hydrostatic pressure and soil settlement problems, both of which can cause basement wall cracks.
A Tropical Storm can occur any time of the year but is notorious for occurring during the winter. It’s called a Tropical Cyclone because it travels to the Northwest from the Atlantic, and Southern hemisphere. These storms can cause flooding, force winds, heavy rain, and snow. All of which can spell trouble for your basement.
The backfilled soil around your basement foundation will settle. As the soil settles it will sink towards your foundation, creating a slope which allows water to run next to your basement foundation, eventually causing hydrostatic pressure.
If your gutters don’t point away from your basement foundation then this can add to the soil settlement problem. You can help prevent some of the hydrostatic pressure from soil settlement by adding dirt to the sunken soil.