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A wet basement is a common problem in all types of basements - from poured concrete to stone to block at All Season's Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. we've dried thousands of each type of basement. Our website will help you learn what is causing your basement water problems and the methods we use to make a wet basement dry. A dry basement will protect the investment you made in your home as well as enable you to use the space for storage or as additional living space.
The Illustration below shows you many places a Basement Leaks
One thing you need to know about a wet basement is at some point you are going to have to deal with the issue. Today, the disclosure laws are such that whether you fix it now or fix it before the sale of your property - at some point in time, a wet basement will need to be fixed.
If you suffer from a damp or wet basement or crawl space, mold/mildew in your home, or odor ridden basement living space, consider allowing one of our certified waterproofing repair specialists to assess your problem and educate you to the causes and various wet basement solutions available. Over the past many years there have been all kinds of advancements in dealing with water drainage. At the end of the day the solution is really quite simple. Direct water where it doesn't ruin living space.
Our consultants will be glad to spend the time to educate you on the issues and provide you various options and repair methods available.
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Why do basements leak?
The Clay Bowl Effect
When your home was built, a hole was excavated into very hard, virgin soil to accommodate the basement. The ground never "forgets" this hole, thus whenever the ground becomes saturated, water will always seek to fill this hole. This water creates pressure around your walls and floor that allows for seepage opportunities at any cracks or joints. This water pressure will occur during prolonged heavy rains despite your best efforts to keep ground water away from your home. That is why extending downspouts, building up the grade, caulking driveway cracks, and even adding room addition slabs may mitigate the amount of seepage you receive, but won't solve the problem.
Three Types of Leaks
Locating where water is entering your home is key to choosing the appropriate solution, so mark the source whenever the seepage is active.
Through the walls:
The most common basement leak is due to seepage through wall cracks. These cracks will continue to deteriorate and will eventually leak, and this seepage will get worse over time. Other possible wall leaks are tie rod ends, honeycombed concrete and pipe penetrations.
Through the floor or floor/wall joint:
Most modern homes are built with a drain tile system around the footings to keep water from creating pressure against the floor or cove area (floor/wall joint). Some drain tiles run into the sump pump, others to the city storm sewer system. If seepage occurs in this area, check your pump's operation first, if that is working normally, then your drain tile is not.
Over the top of the wall:
Water entering at the top of the wall, between the concrete and wooden sill-plate, is due to one of 2 things: The soil grade has been built up outside the home, higher than the concrete. Homeowners, in their efforts to keep water away from the foundation, build the dirt level higher than the concrete wall, ironically creating a seepage problem through the below grade brick or siding.
Sometimes there is an above grade penetration of water, due to a caulking or tuck pointing issue. Any water that penetrates the veneer of the house will run down the back side of the siding and appear at the sill-plate juncture in the basement. The surest way to verify which of these two "spillover" problems you have is to water test by running a hose on the ground on a dry day. If water comes in, it is a below-grade problem. If water does not come in, then it is an above grade problem that will require caulking, tuck pointing or possibly roofing repairs.
The basement is a valuable part of your home and is designed to be dry, usable space, whether as a finished recreation room, a workshop, or simply a safe storage area. Once a leak occurs however, its usefulness and value is very limited - fortunately permanent solutions are available for all seepage problems.
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Thank you All Seasons Waterproofing for a job well done installing the pressure relief drain in my basement. Thank you also for cleaning up afterwards. You guys are great.
Chuck D. -Edmonds, WA 98020