The Fall is bringing more rain after several summer months of droughts. This is welcomed by everyone…except your basement! Waterproofing your basement should be a high priority right now.
While the water problems in your basement my not be that bad yet…you might only see a little moisture here and there; the cooler temperatures and extra rain can quickly turn that small problem into a major disaster.
- The leaks come from cracks and holes that develop in the walls and floor of your foundation, crawl space and basement. The cracks can start small…sometimes so small that you don’t even take them seriously. But, as time goes by, you’ll quickly notice the crack grow and more and more water will get in.
After record-breaking rains that blasted the New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania areas at the end of the 2011 summer and early fall, more and more homeowners are finding out that they have leaks in their basements they did not know existed.
Some of these basement leaks were there for a long time and there was never enough hydrostatic pressure (this is a constant pressure placed on your basement and foundation walls when rain or snow makes the soil around your home enlarge) to cause basement flooding.
Others may have been caused by cracks that formed during the once-in-a-lifetime earthquake that rocked the Northeastern part of the United States in August.
First, you need to do a visual scan of your basement walls.
If you notice any cracking, however slight, it needs to be fixed…fast.
Cracks can occur in the walls or in the floor of your basement or crawlspace walls.
The soil outside of your home can exert an amazing amount of pressure on the walls and floor of your foundation. When you get a lot of rain or snow, as NJ, DE and PA did recently, the ground literally swells up. It can also be effected when water gets in or around the foundation, freezes and then expands. This can lead to disaster.
This in turn pushes water into the walls of your basement. Once in, they weaken the cinderblocks and cement.
This can lead to total foundation collapse!
Regardless of the cause, people need to deal with these headaches. Many contractors charge over $50,000 to fix foundation collapse! It can even be as high as 100k!
This past year, NJ and Delaware were rocked by the rain storms as was much of Pennsylvania from Harrisburg to Philadelpiha and out into the eastern and western suburgs like Delaware county and Montgomery county.
Delaware’s cost was really blasted by the rains, so homeowners there should strongly consider getting basement waterproofing performed.
But, no matter what part of the U.S. you live in, you need to take the precautions to stop these cracks before they get too bad. Every area in America has their own weather issues, from monsoon rains to 5feet of snow, they all lead to crawl space and basement leaks and cracks.
Waterproofing your basement helps seal the cracks and ensure that no water gets into the walls of your basement. This can prevent major problems like mold growth and cracking in the foundation or basement floor. If you also put in proper drainage pipes, these problems will be fixed and they won’t come back!