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What’s causing your wet basement?

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If your home has a basement, there’s a very good chance that at one time or another, you will experience the unwelcome phenomenon known as a wet basement. A wet basement can be the bane of any homeowner’s existence, as it can lead to water damage to your home’s structure and your belongings, as well as creating an environment that is conducive to the growth of mold and mildew. A wet basement doesn’t have to mean that you need your rubber boots to walk downstairs, either. If you notice that your basement walls feel damp or wet, or if you notice signs of water damage on your basement walls, it’s a good idea to contact a waterproofing specialist such as for help. Water damage in the basement can be very frustrating and costly, so the sooner you can identify the signs of a potential problem and having the situation addressed by a professional, the better.

Let’s look at the most common causes of a wet basement:

Although there are many potential reasons why water might seep into a basement, there are some causes that are to blame the majority of the time.   They are:

  1. Surface water that runs down through the foundation walls, into the basement. For example, in the event of heavy rain or snow, or when snow on the roof melts and runs down the sides of the house, water can end up in the basement.
  2. If the soil or ground around the house becomes saturated with water (such as after prolonged heavy rainfall) the pressure created by the saturation can force the water to seep into the basement.
  3. Sewer water can seep into the basement if it gets backed up into the area surrounding the home’s foundation, causing it to leak into the basement. Similarly, water from the home’s sanitary sewer drainage system can back up and cause water to seep up through the sink drains in the lower level of the home, such as in the laundry room.

Each of these causes of wet basements can very quickly spell disaster if you don’t have the issue addressed right away. As soon as you notice a wet or damp basement, it’s important to call in a professional. They will assess the situation, find the cause for the wet basement, and take the necessary measures to fix the problem. Not only that, but basement waterproofing experts can also take steps to ensure that, in the future, water is not permitted to seep into the basement again.

No one wants to find water in their basement. Whether your house is brand new or 100 years old, everyone is at risk of having water seep into your basement. Even if you’ve never experienced wetness in your basement in the past, it’s never too early to safeguard your home against basement flooding in the future. By taking steps to protect your house now, you’ll save yourself lots of time, hassle and money in the future.



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