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Does Your Basement Get Wet Every Time It Rains?

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The Wet Basement Solution for Home Owners in the NJ, DE and PA Regions

April is coming. April Showers bring May…basement water problems?

basement flooding in njThe spring rains are starting to trickle down onto the NJ, PA and DE areas, bringing with them leaky, moldy, smelly and damaged basements. And, the problem will not go away on it’s own.

In fact, the problem will just get worse. And that small leak suddenly turns into a full-scale flood.

The problem stems from how the house was built. Even the best built homes can have water problems. When the home is built and the basement is set, the contractor must put the dirt back around the foundation before the job is complete.

What happens is that the soil is never compacted enough, leading to “honey comb” type pockets in the soil. This can be a huge problem as they fill with water and silt every time it rains or snows.

And, they can even begin to fill and flow toward each other, creating an under ground “river,” causing the soil to contract and expand and putting immense pressure against the walls of your basement.

It probably doesn’t sound like much of an issue but consider the following:

  • 1″ of rain on 1 Acre of ground equals about 28,000 gallons of water
  • 1″ of rain on a 1/4 acre plot of land equals almost 7,000 gallons of water
  • 1″ of rain on a 36 x 24ft house roof with a 25% pitch equals almost 700 gallons of water…and this can equate to about 171 gallons for each of your down spouts

Now you start to see why those small pockets in the soil can fill quickly and cause huge problems.

The more pressure, the more cracks. The more cracks, the more water that gets into your basement.

Waterproofing systems help by curing the problems in the soil. They also add a method of drainage to carry that excess water away from your home’s foundation. This combined with interior waterproofing keeps your basement walls and floor safe, secure and dry.

The danger with NOT getting waterproofing is that the pressure on the walls is never ending and unyielding. Eventually it will cause the walls to crack, crumble and collapse! This is a problem that brings with it a price tag of 50 to 70 thousand dollars, minimally.

Address the problems in the soil, tamp it down and close off the pockets of air…get the excess water away from the home and waterproof the interior walls and your basement will stay dry.