The Solution to Fix a Leaking or Wet Basement
As another rain storm hits the Delaware, PA and NJ areas, home owners should be preparing to deal with leaky, wet basements.
Is this the rain storm that finally has you saying, “enough is enough!”…
Are you sick of your basement leaks and water problems?
If you are, it’s time you did something about it. The longer you allow your basement and foundation to lay unprotected against rain, snow, and water, the worse the
damage can become. Sure, it starts off as a small leak; a little moisture…then you see some mold or mildew…then a crack or two…before you know it, you’re in the basement at 2 a.m. up to your knees in rain water, trying to bail water out with a coffee can.
Chances are this has happened to your more than once.
The first time it was a funny story to tell to your friends…the second time it got to be a lot more water and a lot less funny…then after that, you began to dread every time Glen Schwartz called for rain.
And, as anyone in the NJ, DE and PA area knows, the winter weather problems are just getting started. This weekend may bring a rain storm, but, soon the snow will come and pound away at your basement as well.
How does all this rain and snow lead to leaks in your basement? Besides being wet, just what about rain gives you a wet basement…isn’t the home built to withstand a simple rain storm?
In order to prevent developing leaks in your basement wet , it is important to understand where the water is coming from.
- Surface water running down foundation walls
- Groundwater in water-saturated soils being pushed into the basement by hydrostatic and/or lateral pressure
Basically, when it rains or snows, that water gets into the ground around your home and put pressure on your basement walls laterally by causing the ground to “swell” an put a tremendous amount of strain on your foundation. This can also happen from under your basement floor.
For example, if your house has a basement with no sump pump, it is likely the perimeter foundation drain system connects directly into the city storm sewer system. If the level of the basement is below the street level, there is the potential of storm water backing up in the city storm sewer system and being pushed into the perimeter foundation drain system. This can saturate the soils around the house at the basement level with storm water under hydrostatic pressure, causing water to leak in.
All of these water problems are best served by putting in a new, superior drainage system and having your basement waterproofed. Waterproofing can allow you to rest at ease during even the worst of rain and snow storms. By carrying water away from the soil around your home along with waterproofing to insure that no water can penetrate the basement walls or floor, you give yourself a 1 – 2 punch of protection from water problems.