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Waterproofing Basement Solutions: Get Dry, Stay Dry.
There’s not much worse than having to deal with a leaky, musty, or moldy basement. While the cause of these issues may be minor, the consequences of not repairing them can be much more costly. If you believe your crawl space or basement is damp, musty, leaking, or contains mold, you should have it inspected. Our free estimate will identify the cause of the issue, and provide recommendations for resolution. Often times, it’s basement waterproofing that’s necessary to correct your issues.
Common signs of a wet, leaky basement or crawlspace:
- Mold & mildew
- Musty odor
- Chipped, discolored paint
- Insects & rodents
- Rusty metal
- Rotting wood
- Cracks in walls
What can cause a wet and leaky crawl space or basement?
There are a number of reasons why your crawl space or basement could be wet or leaking. Hydrostatic pressure, temperature differences and fluctuations, cracks in your basement walls and unprotected window wells are all possible culprits. With so many variables necessary to keep your basement dry, it’s easy for one small component to give way, resulting in much larger issues.
Basement walls that are poured (not blocks) often leave a space between the footer and the floating slab. Water needs just the smallest space to get in, so the small space that often forms between poured walls and the floor slab can allow just enough space to let water to seep in, resulting in damp walls, wet floors, and mold.
Hydrostatic pressure is the force at work in hydraulics. Pressure exerted by gravity, as well the ground above, onto a fluid at rest, can build up between your foundation walls and the material surrounding them, causing cracks to form in your foundation. The hydrostatic pressure will then push water through the cracks, resulting in a wet crawlspace or basement.
Any area where moisture and water can collect can be a potential entry point for that moisture or water in your basement. Window wells that are not covered or protected can act as a bucket for rain water, which may ultimately find its way into your basement. Covering your window wells is a cheap and easy solution to help deter the drainage of water into areas where you don’t want it!
While you may not realize it, concrete flooring can sweat from the condensation created by the temperature difference between the cool earth below and around your homes foundation, and the interior of your basement. This temperature difference, along with hydrostatic pressure, can push water up through weak or cracked concrete, causing dampness, standing water, and water damage.
Block wall construction can be troublesome, as it can easily hide water damage that won’t be evident until the damage really escalates. Once water finds a crack or crevice it can penetrate, it is possible the entire cavity within blocks can fill with water, or it can travel straight to the bottom of the wall inside the blocks, causing mold or rotting, often long before you have any visible indication that there is damage. By the time you do notice a water problem, mildew and mold growth are generally present within the concrete blocks on your wall.