Causes of Basement Damage

CAUSES OF BASEMENT DAMAGE

There are many causes of basement water intrusion and damage. Here is a guide to a few of the most common that may be impacting your home.

HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by fluid due to the force of gravity. As water saturates the soils around your home’s foundation, that water puts pressure against the walls, impacting the stability of your home’s foundation.

POOR GRADING

If the land around your home is pitched towards the foundation, water will flow towards your basement walls every time it rains. This water can do damage to your home if it is not diverted away,
poor grading is the most common causes of water intrusion.

FAILED FOOTING DRAIN

One of the most common causes of a wet base,emt occurs when a footing drain fails. When it fails, it causes the soil around the foundation to become saturated. Water then enters through the joint between the footing and the wall, through cracks in the wall, or even under the footing.

SETTLING DIRT

During construction, the area around the home must be filled with loose dirt. When this fill soil is not compacted properly, it can compress under the weight of the home, causing settlement. When the soil around your home settles, water can easily flow towards your foundation walls. Concrete, brick, and stone walls are porous and allow this water to enter your home.

LEARN HOW TO REVERSE THE DAMAGE DONE TO YOUR HOME

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