4 Things To Remember When Dealing With A Leaky Basement

Posted on: 13 March 2015

At the first sight of water in your basement, your mind may begin to race, imagining all types of terrible causes for the mess. Most likely, the moisture problem in your basement has not been caused by an inadequate foundation that needs complete replacement. It may be a simple fix. Here are four things to consider when you are dealing with a wet basement issue.

You Might Need a French Drain

There can be many reasons for water entering your basement, but when the amount of leaking causes water to pool in your basement, you might need a French drain installed. You may need a French drain when water is coming up from under your home because your home has been built on a high water table. Your home also may be situated at the bottom of a hill where natural rain runoff collects. 

A licensed plumber can install a French drain in your basement floor, near the foundation wall. The plumber will dig up a length of the floor to set a perforated PVC pipe in the ditch, covered by gravel and a floor grate. This will allow any water entering your basement to flow down and collect into the drain where it will flow out from your house.

This type of home waterproofing is only used if basement waterproofing does not work, so it is usually a last resort. It can be helpful to know in a worst-case scenario a wet basement problem can cost you from $2000 to $6000 for a plumber to install a French drain.

Check Your Home's Roof

Bruce Tschantz, a hydrologist and professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has studied basement flooding. He found 3/4 of all basement flooding is caused because roof water was not managed properly. Water that flows from a roof drainpipe to the foundation, or off the roof over a clogged eavestrough can penetrate the soil around the foundation and get into your basement. 

It is important to clean out your roof eavestroughs and drainpipes so water can run off your roof properly. Install a drainpipe hose so the water will divert away from your home and your basement.

Condensation May Be the Cause

Many newer homes today are so tightly sealed with well-made windows and doors, moisture can build up inside the homes. This can cause carpeting, walls, and even baseboards to become wet. 

As you exhale, tiny droplets of moisture are expelled into the air. Over time, these minuscule drops of moisture accumulate and can cause your home to become humid inside. Cooking, washing laundry, and using the bathtub and shower can all add to extra moisture in your home. 

When this excess moisture presents itself as a cold and damp basement, the simplest fix is to expel the humid air from your home with a ventilation system. Or, you can use a dehumidifier in your home to pull moisture out of the air. Sometimes it is the simplest solution that will best fix your wet basement.

Your Foundation May Have Minor Cracks

As your home ages, the foundation can settle and shift, causing tiny cracks to form. These cracks are not cause for concern unless they begin to grow wider and larger. In this case you would need to get the help of a professional foundation repair company. 

Tiny cracks down the side of your basement foundation can allow a small amount of outside water to leak into your basement, causing a wet floor. In this case, you only need to patch up the cracks with a professional grade sealant which you can find at a local home improvement store.

Your wet basement may be the result of a large or small problem. Use this information and sites like http://www.dhamerplumbing.com to help fix your leaky basement problem.

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My name is Jason Lawrence, or around my house I’m sometimes known as “Daddy Fix-It.” My wife Sarah and I have four children all under the age of ten. I didn’t start out as a guy who was handy around the house, but I am learning to become a do-it-yourselfer for sure. Did I mention that I’m a bit stubborn? There are times I struggle with projects a little too long, and it takes my wife stepping in to convince me that it’s time to call a professional. I’ve become especially handy with plumbing projects. I don’t know why kids think toys belong in the toilet and doll hair is good for the bathtub drain, but around here those are weekly events. I’m going to share some of my experiences, how I fixed some of our plumbing problems, and when it becomes time to call the plumber.

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