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Why Is Water Coming Up Through The Basement Floor

When you find a puddle in your basement, you would naturally think that you must have a basement leak from the foundation walls. However, when your basement is unfinished with no evidence of a leaking crack and you still find water on the floor, what should you think? Believe it or not, the water might be coming up through your basement floor instead.

Why Is Water Coming Up Through The Basement Floor?

The ground water underneath your basement floor can be under a large amount of pressure due to a rising water table, the height of which may be affected by several factors including:

  • The type of soil found around the home,
  • The hydrological conditions surrounding the property,
  • How often or how much it has rained,
  • How fast the snow melted, and
  • If the downspout of your eaves troughs is directing water into the weeping tile.

All of those conditions run the risk of causing a rapid rise in the water table around your home and can allow a lot of water to enter through your basement floor in just a short amount of time.

This is due to the fact that when the water table rises, the amount of hydrostatic pressure will increase immensely. If there are any gaps or cracks within the concrete floor or in the area where the wall meets the floor, then the ground water will be forced up through them and onto your basement floor.

Other Causes Of A High Water Table/Wet Basement

  • If your sump pump isn’t working right, then it will be unable to drain water at the base of your foundation as needed. This situation will end up causing the water table to rise to the point where you will experience a certain amount of basement flooding.
  • Depending on how old your home is and various other factors, the weeping tile can become clogged and unable to function properly. While this is rather unlikely, it can cause poor footing drainage at the base of the wall which will result in the pooling of water on the basement floor and a rise in the height of your water table.

If you are experiencing basement flooding in your east coast home, don’t hesitate to contact AAAction Waterproofing for all of your waterproofing needs!

This entry was posted in Structural Damage on August, 25, 2016