Why is your Basement Leaking?
Do you have a wet basement? There’s a multitude of reasons why your basement could be leaking but to make it simple we will start with the obvious. Water in the soil causes hydrostatic pressure to be exerted against foundation walls and underneath basement floors. This hydrostatic pressure can force water in through cracks and voids which in turn end up on your basement floor. The water that enters has the ability to cause mold, decay, and other moisture-related problems so it’s best to take care of it in a timely manner. If left for too long there’s also a chance that you can be faced with some major structural issues as well.
You Have A Wet Basement – What Do You Do Now?
For starters it’s best if you can identify the type of foundation you have and then start looking for the source of the leak. If you have a poured concrete foundation they are by far the easiest foundation type to locate leaks. Typical areas for leaking are pipe penetrations, vertical cracks, tie rod holes/snap ties or honeycombing in the foundation wall. If the leak is focused in one area only the repair can be localized at a price that is very affordable. However if there are multiple areas that are leaking it may make sense to waterproof an entire wall or more.
If you have identified your foundation type to be a concrete block foundation finding the exact source of the leak is going to be more difficult. Since the blocks are hollow on the inside and they have a mortar joint on all four sides the leak may appear at a totally different place than where it is actually getting in on the exterior side. Because of this scenario the cost to repair the leak properly becomes a little more involved. We can’t spot repair this type of foundation as there are just too many ways for the water to enter so a larger repair area is always recommended when dealing with this type of foundation.
Stone foundations present a totally different problem than both poured concrete and concrete block foundations. When a stone foundation starts leaking we can say that 90 percent of the time it is due to degraded mortar that surrounds the stone. Once the mortar has eroded to the point that it allows water to enter it will start degrading at a faster rate now that water is able to flow through. If this is the case you will want to address the issue from the external side so you can stop the erosion factor all together.
Basement Waterproofing: Proper Diagnosis & Repair
Diagnosing the problem properly is the first step to a successful foundation repair. Knowing the foundation type and how it reacts under normal conditions is key. Once you find the source of the water and understand how it is affecting the foundation, we can now recommend the right solution. There is no “All in One” solution that will fix every type of foundation that leaks. Be aware that there are many different solutions available to you, picking the right one should be your number one priority.
Here at H&N Basement Worx, we use time tested basement waterproofing solutions along with a variety of additional solutions that have been engineered for specific problems associated with faulty foundations. Making sure we offer the right solution is our number one priority as we only want to repair it once! If you aren’t faced with any major structural issues and want to learn more about proper foundation waterproofing solutions select from one of the two sections below.
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What is the Most Effective Solution For a Leaking Foundation?
Exterior basement waterproofing involves techniques and materials used to prevent water from penetrating the basement of your house Waterproofing a basement that is below ground level requires the application of sealant materials, the installation of drains and sump pumps, and more.
FACT: Waterproofing a structure from the exterior is the only method the IBC (International Building Code) recognizes as adequate to prevent structural damage caused by water intrusion.
In any industry there’s a solution available that is superior to anything else. In our case it’s addressing the water issue at the source of the problem – the exterior of your foundation. By stopping the water from coming into contact with your foundation you eliminate any moisture from entering into your home – PERIOD. Although this procedure is invasive it is by far the most effective.
Eliminate Your Wet/Damp/Leaking Basement For Good!
Additional Facts You Should Know
Sump Pump Systems
If you live in the city there’s a good chance you do not have a sump pump system in your basement. If this is the case your weeping tile system will be connected to the city sewer or storm drain system. Once in a while we find that the weeping tile system does not drain properly due to a plugged or damaged line. If this is the case we may have no other alternative but to install a new sump pump system into your basement and connect the weeping tile system directly into it. This will in turn remove the water that fills up your weeping tile system so it does not overflow and show up as seepage in your basement.
Old Septic Tanks, Cisterns & Wells
Once in a while we uncover old septic tanks, water cisterns and water wells that are still connected to the house. In these cases we will advise you of the situation so we can decide what the best course of action to take.
Private Electrical & Gas Lines
Although we order utility locates they do not mark out private electrical or gas lines that were installed privately. If you are unsure about such lines we can arrange to have them located for an additional fee. If you are certain where these lines come out of the house we can work together to identify them and use extra caution while excavating.
Removal & Disposal of Concrete/Asphalt or the Like
Sometimes we need to cut away concrete driveways, walkways or patios in order to access the foundation for excavation. In these instances it is best to consider replacement be done at least a year or so after the completion of your waterproofing project. Unless you replace the original soil with a special compaction type material the original soil will still settle some. This means if you install concrete, asphalt or hardscaping too soon you will not be happy when it shifts, sinks and settles on you.