Wet Basements Caused By Pooling Of Water Around Foundation
Several different factors lead to wet basements. One of the most common causes is water pooling around the foundation.
When you call on a foundation repair contractor, the first thing they will do is to inspect your foundation and property to determine the root cause of the seepage. There are various things signs they will look for to determine the cause of the water seepage. If your wet basement occurs as a result of water pooling around the foundation, you may notice one or more of the following signs.
1. Stair-step or horizontal cracks
When water pools around the foundation, it causes an increase in hydrostatic pressure within the soil that surrounds it. The increased pressure against the foundation wall will cause the wall to move inward. That results in cracks alongside the weakest parts of the foundation. You may notice horizontal cracks or stair-step cracks on foundation walls.
If these cracks do not get repaired, water will seep through them, resulting in a wet basement.
2. Standing water after the rain
A great way to confirm that your damp basement is a result of water pooling around the foundation is by inspecting the perimeter of your house after rainfall. Do you notice water pooling around your foundation? This water will seep through the cracks in your foundation wall if there are any. It will also cause it to bow as the pressure exerted against the wall increases.
3. Excessively damp soil around the foundation
There are instances when the pooling of water around the foundation is not apparent. You may not see pools of water around the foundation but, instead, notice that the soil around the foundation is excessively damp. It would be best to check the ground underneath the topsoil for moisture.
Call a foundation repair service
Addressing wet basements often goes beyond repairing cracks in the foundation. If there is water pooling around your foundation, it is essential to understand why the pooling is occurring and how you can stop water from collecting around your foundation.
Pooling can be the result of various factors, including:
- The presence of clay soils around the foundation
- The subsoil that is impervious to water
- The presence of a high water table
- Broken or clogged gutters
- Short downspouts
A professional contractor will determine the cause of the pooling and provide a solution that will help to reduce the pooling around the foundation.
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