Water issues that could affect your basement

The basement is a common victim of water issues simply because it’s located below ground level. There are different sources of moisture and water that can be a problem for your basement or even crawlspace.

The main culprits are broken pipes, ground water, and high levels of humidity that form water vapor after condensation. These are water issues that can cause quite a number of problems in your basement, and the following are just some that the team at Rogers Basement Waterproofing see all the time.

Ground Water

Ground water refers to the water in the ground outside of your basement. When your basement walls become cracked or start to develop holes, the water can infiltrate the basement from the soil around it and find its way into your home. If the walls are porous or made out of brick, then water can easily seep into your basement. The best way to avoid this kind of water problem in your basement is to ensure that minimal water is able to enter your home, and waterproofing is a great way to do this. There are several waterproofing techniques that can accomplish this, starting with proper, professional sealing of the wall and repairing holes and cracks.

Additionally, all downspouts should be discharging water away from the walls of the house, and gutters should be clean and installed properly so as not to overflow as they collect and move water.

Leaking Pipes

Most basements have a network of pipes passing through them, and if they happen to be leaking, this can turn into a major water problem. At first, the few drops dripping from the pipe may seem harmless, but given enough time, the basement could flood or cause other water related issues. It is important that you do not ignore any leakages no matter how small they seem. Inspect the pipe networks in your basement often to make sure that they are completely leak-free.  

Any leaky pipes need to be fixed immediately, as they can lead to moisture problems that can grow mold and cause foundation problems. They may also lead to a break and a much bigger leak. In the event of a large pipe problem, an emergency plumber needs to be called in right away. You may also need another professional to help you clean up after the water emergency.

Humidity

The third big cause of water issues in your basement is humidity. If humid air comes into cold areas or into contact with cool surfaces, the result is usually water vapor. This condensation process will occur on cold pipes and walls and with time, the water vapor will collect into great enough amounts to leave your basement damp, smelling of mildew and mold. There are several solutions to this problem including the installation of a dehumidifier, installation of vent fans in basement bathrooms, and keeping your window closed during humid seasons. There are also professional solutions that can help to get the damp air out, but basically, the remedy to this problem is any effort that effectively removes the moisture in the air.

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