Basement Waterproofing and the Most Common Causes of Water in the Basement

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Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to keep the water out of your basement? For most homeowners, there is nothing more frustrating than a wet or flooded basement. Not only can it leave behind a mess, but you have to worry about your belongings, mold, and a host of other issues that come with it. Basement waterproofing is the best solution to help prevent these issues. 

Common Causes of Water in the Basement 

You might be surprised at the real reason you have water in the basement. Some people assume basements just have to be dank and damp, but that’s actually not the case. 

Check out these 6 most common causes of water in the basement. 

  1. Water Around Bulkhead Doors

If you have an exterior stairwell to your basement, the problem could be your bulkhead door. This is the primary barrier to the outside world. If that door is letting water in, then this is a problem. 

The problem might not really even be your door, but rather the design of the stairs and how they come up against the door. The good news is that there are solutions to help. 

  1. Surface Water Runoff

If you have a lot of plant life around your home, this could cause excess water near the foundation. There could also be a problem with surface water if the ground slopes toward your home instead of away from it. Rainwater pooling around the edges of your home is a sign surface water runoff is the problem. 

  1. Ground Water Penetration

The soil around your home soaks up water and moisture all year long. It’s not just rain that soaks in, either. When any type of moisture penetrates the ground, it will seep down and enter cracks or gaps around your basement if it has the chance. 

  1. Roof Water

Did you know that malfunctioning gutters or lack of gutters are some of the biggest causes of water in the basement? It’s important to make sure you have gutters that are clean and well maintained. Your downspouts need to be properly set up to direct water well away from your home. 

  1. Cracks in the Foundation

If you have cracks or holes in the foundation, you need to get these repaired. Even the smallest holes or cracks could let water come into the basement and cause huge problems. Plus, it can wear on the solidity of your foundation. 

  1. Nearby Springs or Creeks

Water sources near your home could affect the soil around your home. This is particularly true if a heavy rain season leads to any type of flooding. It’s up to you to prepare your basement and protect it from the intrusion. 

Basement Waterproofing and Steps to Take When There is Water in Your Basement

If you do find water in your basement, or suspect a problem, follow these simple steps right away to protect your structure. 

  1. Stay safe
  2. Determine where the water is coming from 
  3. Pump away standing water as quickly as possible
  4. Remove anything that might develop mold

Find a Basement Waterproofing Expert

There are several different solutions for basement waterproofing. Drycrete Waterproofing can work with you to determine the best possible solution for your needs. Our teams have been working in the industry for several years, and we know just what to look for to protect your home. 

Contact us today to discuss your options.