Why Is Water Seeping Into My Basement?

Why Is Water Seeping into My Basement?

One of the most common problems associated with basements is water infiltration. Not only can seeping water pose a threat to your home’s foundation, necessitating costly repairs, but it can also lead to mold and mildew growth, which can be a health hazard and cause musty odors to develop. Wet basements are an issue many homeowners contend with, and there are a number of different factors that cause them.

Much of the time, leaky window wells are to blame for water seeping into a basement. Basement windows are often situated below ground level and when it rains, the water tends to pool in these wells. If the wells are not equipped with drainage systems to disperse the standing water back into the ground, it will often find its way inside the basement through the seams around the window.

Cracks in the basement walls or foundation slab can also be entry points for water. Especially during periods of heavy rain, when the water table is prone to rising, hydrostatic pressure can build up underground. This causes the groundwater to disperse via the path of least resistance, which is often through tiny cracks and fissures in a home’s foundation.

Even if there are not any cracks in your foundation slab (which can be difficult to tell, as these cracks are often on the underside of the slab, out of sight) groundwater can still work its way into a basement by simply seeping through the concrete itself. Concrete is naturally porous, and when subject to enough hydrostatic pressure, it will actually absorb water which will then slowly seep into the basement’s interior.

What You Can Do About It

If you struggle with water seeping into your basement every time it rains – or even during times when it hasn’t rained – you should contact a professional basement waterproofing company. Based in the Atlanta metro area and serving the entire southeastern U.S., the team at Engineered Solutions of Georgia has helped countless homeowners put an end to their leaky basement woes with waterproofing systems such as sump pumps, channel drains, moisture barriers, and more. We can perform a thorough inspection of your home’s foundation and substructure to determine why water is seeping into your basement and work with you to develop and implement a lasting solution.

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For more information, contact Engineered Solutions of Georgia today to schedule an initial consultation.

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