In Part 1 of this article titled “How To Fix Your Basement Leaks Fast And Easy”, we gave you several steps to prevent leaks in basements. However, most leaky basements still require some type of repair to be done. Most common Basement Leaks discussed in this article.
Conduit system is what creates the water entry point for a leaking basement. Most Common Basement Leaks The most common Basement Leaks discussed in this article are the result of hydrostatic pressure and the subsequent release of ground water into the home. Water intrusion can be caused by a variety of reasons such as expansion and contraction due to changing temperatures, soil compaction and storm water run off. When basement leaks are found, they can be identified by checking the walls for cracking, mildew, or loose tiles. If the water flow remains after the infiltration has been removed, then condensation and/or seepage will continue.
The most common method to detect basement leaks is with the use of a basement leak detector. The basement leaks detector is a small hand-held device that is used by applying slight pressure on the switch, turns on the power, and listens for any leakage in the walls, floor, or ceiling. Generally, basement leaks can be found in areas of the foundation that experiences the greatest hydrostatic pressure during average climate conditions. This pressure will also increase over time as the walls and foundation settle and therefore will produce more water intrusion over time.
To identify the location of the water intrusion, the hydrostatic pressure should be recorded. By recording the pressure, it is easier to determine where the water is coming from. The next step is to eliminate the area that is experiencing the greatest hydrostatic pressure. This is usually done by cutting out the section that is experiencing the greatest pressure. After the cut is made, the soil surrounding the cut should be inspected for contaminants.
Installing proper waterproofing material is an effective way to prevent basement leaks. Any leaks in the walls or windows must be repaired immediately, before they become a potential problem in the near future. In addition, the heavy rain that may come into the home should also be addressed. Heavy rain can result in the building’s foundation to settle, which will increase hydrostatic pressure.
In most basements, concrete slab base is used to build the home. One of the main causes for basement leaks is the improper installation of the concrete slab. This problem occurs when the concrete slabs are not poured properly and filled with grout. Although poured concrete provides a solid seal, this seal can be broken by heavy rains, which can cause the water entrance to the basement to expand.
When basement leaks occur, the exterior wall meets the interior wall of the foundation. When this happens, the wall meets the interior surface of the foundation. This creates what is called a cove joint.
During a basement leak, the soil at the exterior of the foundation will bulge. The bulge will push up on the interior wall of the foundation. When this happens, the internal space between the wall and the interior surface of the foundation becomes exposed. This exposed space is what the water that will cause the mold problems.
Basement leaks usually occur during the wintertime, when it is cold outside and the humidity is high. This will then cause the humidity to increase inside the house. Without the right ventilation system, this will increase the moisture level in the interior of the house. And this moisture will then condense on the external walls of the house.
As a result of this, there will be the formation of cracks on the walls of the foundation. You must notice that these cracks will get deeper as the moisture increases. As time passes, the increased pressure on the walls will cause the pressure joints to form. If this goes on for quite some time, you may experience the formation of depressions on the exterior walls of the foundation. This will lead to the building of what is called depressions in the soil surrounding the walls.
In order to prevent this from happening, you should make sure that the concrete slabs are all firmly tied together. All loose ends must also be tied firmly. If you can help it, you should use gravel or stones around the foundation to provide additional waterproofing options. You should also waterproof the perimeter of your home using a membrane. These methods will help you keep your basement dry and will prevent leaks from occurring in the first place.