It’s safe to say that no homeowner wants to see water in their home. Any amount of water, no matter how it got into your home, is bad news and means that you need to consult a basement waterproofing specialist right away.
The first thing the waterproofing contractor will do is to look for the origin of the basement water leaks. But the majority of the time, the homeowner can find the culprit behind these leaks in no time at all, which will make the entire foundation sealing process go by much faster.
Here are three culprits that may be behind your basement leaking issues.
Because main support beams are often exposed in the basement, it is crucial that you keep this area dry at all times. A leaky or flooded basement can cause these support beams to become waterlogged, which drastically reduces their strength. If your sump pump is backed up, contact a basement waterproofing professional as soon as possible to maintain the structural integrity of your home.
- Leaking window wells
Window wells are not only decorative measures you can take in your home, but they can be exceptionally useful for draining water away from your home. But if the home’s drainage system isn’t working, like the gutters are overflowing, for example, the window wells can fill with water and seep into your basement. To ensure this doesn’t happen, make sure your window wells have their own drainage system set up just in case.
- Your landscaping is too close
As a rule of thumb, plants should be placed a minimum of two feet away from your foundation and low enough in the soil as to not direct water towards the foundation. If they are too close, both their roots and the water used can put excess pressure on your foundation, which can cause little cracks that can grow into massive problems.
- Floor and wall joint leakage
When your basement was poured back during construction, chances are there was an unsupported connection between where the wall meets the floor. This is normal in some older homes, and when even the smallest amount of water seepage gets through, it can jeopardize the structure of the home. A telltale sign that you are experiencing this problem is consistent drips around the perimeter of the basement or yellow or reddish stains cropping up on the ceiling.
Fixing basement leaks doesn’t have to be hard when you contact our basement waterproofing specialists to protect your home from the elements. We will keep your home nice and dry all year long.