Why Does My Basement Leak?
Have you ever had the “lovely” experience of discovering a basement leak? The rain is coming down very hard and your plans for any outdoor activity has been ruined. You decide you might as well do something productive and immediately that overflowing pile of dirty laundry comes to mind. You find a basket, sort your whites from your colors and head down to the basement with the first load. But something doesn’t seem right…you open the door at the top of the stairs and immediately you feel a dampness.
Scurrying down the steps your stocking foot lands in a puddle on the basement floor.Water covers the length of your basement. Is this a flood? You place the basket down on the step and slosh across the room to the window. It’s actually stopped raining. How did all of this water get into my basement?
Sorry for painting such a sad image, but unfortunately this scene, maybe minus the laundry, occurs far too frequently, often in older homes. Water leaking into your basement can happen in a variety of ways, with results ranging from just a wet sock to damaging the structural integrity of your foundation.
If you’ve experienced puddles in your basement it’s important to identify the cause of the problem before it evolves into a crisis. Listed below are some of the most easily identified causes of a leaky basement:
Inspect Your Gutters
Be careful when you climb that ladder, but once you find yourself standing on shingles, you may immediately notice leaves and debris hindering rain flow from your roof. Remove all items from the gutters and proceed to the next potential culprit.
Your downspouts may not be channeling water from the gutters properly. Downspouts can shift or become damaged over time. Look for any gaps in the length and assure rain is being forced as far away from the foundation as possible.
Speaking of your foundation, it’s possible that protective soil has been eroded over time, exposing more area of your house near ground level than ideal. When in doubt, place additional clean soil around bare areas of your foundation. If possible, you may want to add some simple landscaping in this area as well in order to divert heavy rains away from your home.
Evaluate Your Foundation
Perform a detailed inspection of your home’s foundation. If any cracks or spaces are visible, more than likely this is the source permitting water access into your basement. Failure to rectify this problem can not only result in a damp basement, it can also seriously impact the structural integrity of your house.
Keystone Basement Systems are professionals in basement waterproofing, foundation repair and basement mold remediation. For help with solving your leaky basement problems, call our certified experts for a free, no obligation consultation. We can be reached at 1-800-771-3244 and also offer twenty-four hour emergency service, but do your home a favor…don’t wait until your problem has escalated into a crisis.