5 Reasons Why Your Basement Might Be Leaking
Whether there is a mildewy smell in the air or your basement is completely flooded, any level of water in your basement can be a serious problem and reason for immediate concern.
Here are just a few of the reasons why your basement may be leaking:
1. Basement Leak Of The Upper Wall
Water can sometimes leak into your basement from the top of your foundation or basement wall, when the ground is near level or even sloping into the house. If any rainwater is draining into the back of your Maryland home rather than away from it, then it will most likely find an entry point just above the basement wall. This tends to be more common within older home, though newer houses with improper drainage may also experience this.
2. Window Wells Leak
When you have window wells around your basement, these are supposed to be positioned outside of the basement or at ground level to help keep soil and water away from the window, but still allow in the sunlight. While this usually works well to keep out the ground water away and draining rain water, if the drainage system isn’t working or the window isn’t installed properly, it could start leaking through.
3. Leaking Through Basement Wall Cracks
Cracks within your basement wall are one of the most serious problems when it comes to basement leakage because the issue isn’t just fixed by repairing the crack itself. You first need to figure out what caused the crack to avoid more leakage down the line. Most often, this will be caused by a strong level of pressure that has damaged the foundation of your home.
4. Honeycomb Leakage
Despite the cute name, this refers to the air pockets that resemble the look of actual honeycombs. This is created by air pockets or poorly mixed concrete that was poured into the walls. These air pockets tend to form cavities that can easily be compromised by water to cause leakage. These tend to be especially easy to fix when it comes to waterproofing the basement.
5. Sewer Pipe Leakage
These can be rather dangerous simply because they remain hidden for a while until the issue is rather serious in nature. Those usually only show up when the drain is carrying wastewater and may end up appearing as a ceiling stain or stain on the wall below where the problematic drain, or as mold.
In order to keep the water and mildew out of your basement, it may be time to water proof your basement. Here at AAAction Waterproofing, we can help you keep moisture at bay from waterproofing your basement to kicking mold to the curb. Contact us today to learn more about our services!