Causes & Solutions
Why Is My Basement Wet?
Rainwater and groundwater (acidic) lead to filling in the pore spaces within the excavated zone. This leads to hydrostatic pressure adding additional stress against your foundation. There are interior and exterior factors involved in this as follows:
How Does Water Get Into My Basement?
Hydrostatic pressure causes water to move through cracks and holes on walls and floor from areas of higher pressure (back-filled area outside the home) to lower pressure (your basement). Two key reasons why this happens:
Why Do Basements Leak and Flood?
Hydrostatic builds up due to groundwater in the back-filled zone around your house. This zone has higher porosity and permeability than the surrounding native soil on your property. Hence, more water can fill this area, leading to higher pressures. To complicate things, the groundwater in the northeast part of the US is acidic, which causes chemical dissolution of the lime in the cement and mortar.
Water will always go from areas of higher pressure (back-filled zone) to lower pressure (your basement) and the acidic groundwater will ensure the cracks get larger over time. Additional factors include:
What Solutions Are Out There?
Our company specializes in the latter type of system, a sub-floor deep-pressure relief system.
By understanding the physics of water-flow and chemical reactions around it, we ensure your basement will not leak from the walls or floor.
Give us a call at (866) 797-9755 to discuss the appropriate solution for you.
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