A leaking basement is usually a very unpleasant experience in all homes. However, when the basement leaks, it doesn’t mean that the house itself wasn’t built properly or that some other extraordinary disaster has happened; most times it is just a result of Mother Nature and time, though there are certainly some man made factors which can contribute to its onset. When basements begin leaking, it is important to first locate where they are leaking from, and this can be done with a simple submersible camera. However, when it comes to larger leaks, an auger will be needed for more precise work.
In order to detect any type of damage to the basement walls, it will be necessary to hire a contractor who deals with structural damage to basement walls and/or ceilings. Basement leaks can result from a number of different things, so if you are dealing with damage, you will need to know where to find the damage. Once you know where it is located, you should then try to repair it as much as possible, even if it means that it will require some type of structural repair. This will prevent further water damage from occurring, thus resulting in significant savings on repairs, and more importantly ensuring that your home remains safe.
One of the most common types of structural damage that leaks can result in is water damage. If the surrounding area has had a history of flooding, it is quite likely that your basement water damage will also have resulted in cracks in the walls. Even if your home hasn’t suffered a history of flooding, you can still experience leaks in one of several different ways. For instance, if a storm drains into a basement that is already dry, the excess water could cause cracks in the drywall, leading to leaks in the walls. This is often the case when rainwater seeps through the gutter system and then drips onto the drywall below.
Another possible cause of leaks in basements is excessive moisture being built up in the interior of the house. If the foundation of your home has had problems with foundations in the past, there is a good chance that it may be due to this buildup of moisture. The moisture could be coming from various places, including from the leaks in your foundation or from leaks in the walls or even your ceiling or attic. In some cases, excess humidity is caused by insufficient ventilation. When this happens, it can also result in leaks in your basement.
You can also have foundation leaks if you have had a history of soil surrounding your foundation. In order for a foundation to remain stable and solid, it is necessary to have proper drainage as well as proper access for drainage to the outside. If any of these conditions aren’t present, there is a good chance that you will suffer a leak, whether you see signs of water seeping into your basement or not.
Sometimes it can be very difficult to determine whether or not your basement has any leaks. Many basements have a concrete floor, and because this floor is usually laid when the house is constructed, it can be hard to tell if the concrete has cracks or if there are large gaps in it. Even if you do know that there are cracks or gaps, if they are on the interior or outside of the house, they may not be easily noticeable and repairable.
When the soil surrounding the house begins to settle and expands, it can cause walls to become weak. This will cause the walls to begin leaking when pressure is applied to them. One of the main causes of this type of leak is soil shifting back and forth between the exterior and interior of the foundation. This soil movement can often result in pressure being placed on the foundation, which in turn causes walls to leak. If the walls are not positioned properly, you can often see evidence of foundation weakness right away, such as cracks or weak spots in the wall.
If you are seeing evidence of foundation problems that may lead to basement leaks, it is important that you address those issues right away. One of the best ways to do this is by having a heavy rain fall on the exterior of the foundation. Heavy rain can easily push dirt and soil back up into the basement through the cracks in the foundation, which can create water leaks. If you do notice a buildup of dirt in the basement, it is important to make sure that you get heavy rains on a regular basis to remove this dirt and prevent future leaks.