The basement in your home can provide extra living and entertainment space for you and your family, and can serve any purpose you want or need. It goes without saying that you want your basement to remain dry. Occasionally, however, things can happen that might cause your home’s basement to leak and become wet. Water entering a basement can be a common problem for home owners. Foundations made of stone, concrete block or concrete can let in water. This can lead to water damage, mold, mildew and poor air quality if left untreated.
Causes of Basement Leaks
During heavy rainfall the water table surrounding your home rises. At times it can actually be higher than the floor of your basement. Water can find its way in through a variety of areas when a basement is inadequately waterproofed. It is possible for water to come through foundation walls, basement wall cracks, and even up from under the basement floor -which is one reason why basements are notoriously damp and humid.
Through Floor Cracks: Excess water in the soil under your basement floor can sometimes create pressure, causing the water to find its way through cracks and onto your basement floor.
From Under the Footer: Common construction methods may leave a small space between the footer and the poured basement floor. Excess water under the structure may create pressure and cause water to find its way through those small cracks and into your basement.
From Sweating Walls or Window Sills: Constant excess moisture will often cause block walls to “sweat,” causing water to pool inside. Window wells may hold excess moisture and allow it to seep into your basement.
Through Cracks in Walls and Mortar Joints: Excess moisture in the soil creates “hydrostatic pressure” that can cause cracks that allow water to seep into your living space. If you have block walls, the water seeping in may not be visible until it builds up inside the blocks, causing deposits, mildew and other problems as well as water seeping out of the bottom of the wall.
Over the Footer: Water seeps in through the crack between the footer and wall sitting on it, often causing damage to the inside of your home or making the basement space unusable for storage or recreation.
Our Waterproofing Solutions
Interior Basement Waterproofing Process
Basements that have water leaks are repaired from the inside. It is far less expensive and easier than excavating the outside of the house for the repair. The repair is the same for basements that have leaks through the wall-floor joint, floor cracks, or block walls. A new and functioning interior drainage system will be installed. This interior drainage collects the water in a pipe that is buried under the floor. There it is channeled to a sump pump which then removes the water from the home.
A sump pump removes the water that enters your basement and prevents it from flooding. A sump pump sits in a sump crock. A sump crock sits in a hole that we dig out in your basement. Drainage pipes under your concrete floor drain water into the sump crock. The sump pump then removes the water to the exterior of the structure. Sump pumps are powered by electricity.
Battery Back Up Sump Pumps
When a storm cuts off electrical power to your home a standard sump pump will not be able to work. Water can then quickly flow into the basement. Ask Rock Structure Repair to install a battery backup system for your sump pump that maintains power to your sump pump and your basement stays dry!
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