Do You Have A Leaky Basement?
That state of Maryland gets the full cycle of seasons, with a cold winter, a wet spring, a hot, humid summer, and a dry autumn. Because of that, buildings in the state get subjected to all kinds of elements and temperatures every day, every year, without end. And sometimes that can result in a leaky basement. But how does this happen, and what can you do about it?
The Cause Of A Leaky Basement
Water in your basement can happen for a number of reasons, but all of them relate to a simple matter of physics. Water will always take the “path of least resistance,” flowing downwards when it can. If it should accumulate around a structure it can build up, sometimes creating enough pressure to leak in through cracks or, worse yet, create cracks of its own given enough time. Most leaky basements will reveal themselves during heavier rain, or a spring melt, and if it happens frequently enough, it creates a health problem in the home, as damp, dark basements are the perfect environment for mold or mildew to grow. If this should happen in a finished basement, it can damage walls, carpets and other furnishings, significantly ramping up the cost of repairs.
How To Fix A Leaky Basement
The surest way to fix a leaky basement is to leave it in the hands of experts like our staff here at AAAction Waterproofing. We can arrange an appointment to inspect and assess your situation. While the nature of a leaky basement problem is obvious—water from the outside is getting into building—the exact cause and treatment of the problem can vary from one building to the next. Some leaky basements can be fixed from inside the basement itself, such as window frames that need sealing, or pipes running from the basement to the outside allowing leaks. Other times, the solution may require work on the outside, such as installing a waterproof membrane, or properly treating concrete to prevent its naturally porous nature from absorbing moisture.
Most of these issues are more common to older homes and buildings, rather than recent structures, but if you find that your place of work or residence has water getting into the basement, you should address the problem before it gets bigger and causes significant damage. Get in touch with us at AAAction Waterproofing so we can help you find and solve your leaky basement problem.