Two main factors cause flooding in crawl spaces and basements.

They are:

  • The clay bowl effect
  • Hydrostatic pressure and wet soils

Flooding in crawl spaces and basements is typical to both new and older homes, and it rarely occurs only once. If flooding has occurred in your house before, you can be sure that it is more than likely to happen again. Water intrusion through the foundation of your home can cause significant damage while allowing mould to grow.

Basement leaks are often caused by two main factors; hydrostatic pressure and the clay bowl effect. Both factors have similar damaging effects, and it is essential to identify the potential cause of basement leaks in your home to take the proper precaution.

The Clay Bowl Effect

When a house is getting built, contractors will start by digging a hole in the ground to ensure that there is enough room for your home's foundation and basement. The contractor excavates an area that is larger than the space your home will occupy. They then build your foundation within this space by pouring concrete into concrete forms.

Upon completing the foundation building process, the builders use some excavated soil to fill the gap around your foundation's outer edge. The soil tends to be loose and fluffed and not compacted, commonly referred to as backfill or virgin soil.

The result of this process is a looser and more absorbent backfilled soil around your foundation, surrounded by more porous and hard-packed soil around it. It forms some sort of "clay bowl" around your house, creating an artificial water table around the foundation. More water collects here than in the surrounding areas.

Hydrostatic Pressure and Wet Soils

When the soil around your home becomes soaked with water, it expands and gains mass.

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure of this water-weight pushing against your foundation. As this pressure builds against your foundation, the water eventually finds its way into the house.

Water can seep in through openings around pipes, basement windows, concrete cracks in the floors or walls, or directly through the porous concrete. If your house has block walls, the water may begin to pass through the blocks and fill open cavities. One obvious way water can penetrate your home is through the wall-floor joint.

If flooding occurs in the basement, it can be a significant health and safety hazard in your home. The good news is there are known measures effective in solving any inconveniences that result from flooding

Contact a Basement Waterproofing Company
If you notice that your property is displaying signs of flooding or you have dealt with flooding before, consider contacting us, we are a basement waterproofing company with qualified technicians. We can give you a free waterproofing quote and set you up with an appointment that is friendly to your schedule.

Meet With Your Specialist
The process of basement waterproofing is one that you only wish to undertake once. That is why it is essential to make an appointment with your specialist to learn the best options to turn your wet and damp basement into a dry and family-friendly space.

Your system design specialist has knowledge and skill in the field. They can recommend the best waterproofing and crawl space repair option and answer any questions that you may have.

Basement Waterproofing Installation
Once you have settled on the best waterproofing option for your basement, a well-trained crew will come to the site to install wet basement solutions, which may include dehumidifiers, sump pumps, windows, drainage systems, and options for your floors and windows.

In most cases, the waterproofing process takes less than two days, and you can begin to use the crawl space or basement immediately afterward.

Follow Up
The services of your waterproofing company shouldn't end upon the completion of installation. They are likely to follow up a few days after the job is done to ensure that everything was done as proposed. If you have any feedback or issues, do not hold back. Contact the company and discuss the issues to your satisfaction.

The company may also propose an annual service to ensure that your basement remains leakproof.

If you are experiencing leaks in your basement floor or walls or a flooded basement that is wet, humid, or damp, do not despair. It is possible to restore the space to dry and usable conditions. The process of waterproofing is fast, cost-effective, and efficient. Additionally, it contributes significantly to increasing your home’s value and also reduces your monthly energy expenses. Feel free to contact us for a free estimate on the average cost of waterproofing your basement or crawl space.

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