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As winter snow finally melts and spring storms bring tremendous amounts of rainfall, leaky basements become a common problem. When homeowners find water in their basement, their initial thought is usually that it got in through cracks in the wall or floor.
However, in some cases, water may come into the basement from over the top of the foundation where it meets the main floor of your home. This commonly happens when the grading on the outside of the house causes water to pool next to the foundation. Many times, foundation seepage can be fixed through having a landscaper come to re-grade the dirt away from the home.
The top of the foundation should extend above ground level by a few inches at the very least. However, aesthetic additions—such as brickwork and landscaping—create the perfect opportunity for water to seep over the top of the foundation wall. This problem is amplified even further when you’re located in an area on lower grounds.
Some Potential Warning Signs of Foundation Seepage are:
Significant amounts of moisture constantly resting against your foundation puts a ton of unnecessary pressure on the walls. If left unattended, it will eventually break through the seal you have in place and start to run into your basement. There are two types of moisture concerns to take note of when you’re dealing with a basement leaking at the top of the foundation wall:
This occurs when water comes in where the foundation meets the house.
This happens if the water is coming in through cracks in the foundation. If this is the case, you’ll notice moisture saturation whenever it rains.
If you’re dealing with a basement leaking from the top of the foundation wall, you may need to consider exterior waterproofing options as opposed to interior ones. Many people with fully finished basements prefer this option as it gets the job done without causing any harm to the interior. During your complimentary consultation, we’ll be able to tell the exact type of issue at hand and better guide you toward potential solutions.
One of the weirder places you will see water coming in is through HVAC ducting lines, many of which go into the Fireplace stack. These vent lines deal with the Carbon Monoxide and exhaust discharged from the systems. Water can come in from around the edges of the pipe where it enters the wall. You will see it drip down the wall, and sometimes even get in the pipe and drip on your Water Heater and Furnace.
Here’s the tricky part. There is not just one way for water to come in through those pipe penetrations into the Chimney Stack. This water can be caused by one, or more of the following issues:
So how is someone going to determine the source of the water if it could be coming from 5 or more places? Frustrating, we know. Especially when they all produce water in the EXACT same place. Like anything, we need to perform a step-by-step process of elimination in order to determine the source of the leak. The process looks something like this:
Foundation Sealing, Exterior Sealing, Over-The-Top Foundation Seepage Repair are all one in the same category. These issues can be repaired with a number of different solutions:
This is usually done because the top of the Foundation Wall is below grade/ground, which causes water buildup to wear away the mortar joints and allow water to come in. This is repaired with a Elastomeric Waterproofing Tar. This is applied on the top couple inches of the Foundation Wall and then a couple inches above the ground level.
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