Why Do Basements Leak?
Often, water becomes a problem in basements. It enters through the walls, the joints, pipe openings or other ways. There are a combination of reasons that people's basements leak.
- Clogged french drains
- Failed sump pumps
- Wall cracks from expanding and contracting soil
- Hydrostatic pressure
- Frozen discharge lines
- Overflow from heavy rains
- Plumbing leaks
There have been huge developments in the last couple of decades to make basements completely waterproof; to make sure that you will never need to worry about water destroying your basement again. Some methods are more effective than others.
One of the best methods is to install an interior baseboard drainage system along the perimeter of the floor which overcomes the problem of the drain from being clogged by mud over the years. A dependable sump pump is imperative, and a dehumidifier is a great way to keep everything dry.
If you have any questions about how to make your basement waterproof, please contact us today.
Clogged French Drains
French drains sit in the mud - and drain all of the water away from your foundation. Over the years, French Drains will slowly become encrusted with mud and debris. Eventually they will clog altogether, and your basement will flood with the overflow of water from your old system.
Failed Sump Pumps
A failed sump pump will cause problems with your basement worse than most other things. It is the heart of your waterproofing - and when it fails, there is water coming in - and no water going out. Having a reliable sump pump with a good battery back up is a must for any basement.
It is always somewhat obvious that a wall crack will cause moisture problems. The wall cracks will allow groundwater to seep in through the foundation, polluting your basement.
Your foundation sits deep in the ground, and water always tries to fill the void which it makes. As water presses on your foundation, if there isn't an effective drain system in place, you will have water squeeze in through your cove joint and flood your basement.
Frozen Discharge Lines
If your sump pump discharge line becomes frozen, your sump will still try to eject water, only for it to come spewing back into your basement. There are many precautions you can take to ensure that your discharge line stays thawed in all weather.
Overflow From Heavy Rains
If you have poor soil grading or an ineffective sump pump, during heavy rains, your home will be susceptible to flooding.
Your hot water heater and your washer hoses are a very big hazard to your home - if your washer hoses break, they can pump up to 600 gallons of water into your basement per hour. We highly recommend always shutting off your water when you leave home, and investing in our plumbing leak precautions.
Contact PEP Waterproofing today.