Common ProblemsMaking sure that your basement stays dry is an important part of maintaining your home. Every homeowner knows that problems could crop up at any given time. Some problems – flooding, burst water pipes, a broken sump pump or a sewer backup, for example - should be dealt with as soon as they occur. Other common problems start small and develop slowly. You might not even notice them at first. However, they’ll get worse (and more expensive to repair) over time if you don’t address them promptly. A damp or wet basement is a good example of this type of issue.
Even minor basement water seepage isn’t fun, and when it’s moderate to severe it can be destructive and dangerous. The dreadful odor of the mold that so often forms in damp basements is bad enough, but breathing the spores can be hazardous to your health. The property damage caused by basement water seepage can also be significant: the personal possessions you store in your basement can be ruined by the humidity and moisture that collects. Boxes of important papers, precious photographs and other prized possessions will start moldering away quicker than you think. Eventually they could be completely ruined. If you have a finished basement, you can kiss your carpeting, upholstered furniture and drywall goodbye pretty quickly unless you correct what’s causing the dampness.
Basement water seepage is a fairly common problem. It sneaks up on a lot of homeowners. Often, it is caused by small cracks in a home’s foundation. The cracks might look insignificant, but if the right steps aren’t taken promptly they can lead to significant damage and expensive repairs. Other causes include deteriorating mortar or patches of porous concrete, brick or stone in the home’s foundation walls.
The right “fix” will depend on what’s causing your basement seepage. For example, a thick coating of a waterproof polyurethane/asphalt membrane might need to be applied to the exterior of your home’s foundation. Foundation cracks should be repaired and sealed by injecting them with an expanding polyurethane sealant. An interior drain tile system might be required for a wet basement caused by ground water being forced in by hydrostatic pressure. In extreme cases, it might be necessary to excavate the outside perimeter of the foundation and install an exterior drain tile system.
It’s important to have this type of work performed by a team of professionals who know exactly what they’re doing. Your home is more than just your home – it’s also your most valuable asset. Protect it from common problems like water seepage by hiring an expert flood control and seepage company.