Spring Basement Waterproofing
Spring is quickly approaching. As the saying goes, April showers bring may flowers. The Spring may be a wonderful time of the year, but it isn't always nice to your home's foundation. Most notably, water in your basement. Spring basement waterproofing may be your answer!
The question remains: what causes water in your basement? Unfortunately, there's multiple answers to that question.
Clogged Footing Drain: Drains can easily clog, which creates hydrostatic pressure and waterproofing issues.
Hydrostatic Pressure: This is the pressure the soil exerts on your foundation walls. When the soil soaks up water, it expands and has to go somewhere. In this case, it pushes up against your basement walls, causing bowing, tilting, and cracks.
Settlement: Soil settles and that's a given problem for all homeowners. Moreover, if the soil beneath your home settles, you'll end up with cracks that will let water in.
Here is a list of other problem signs that could allow water to find its way into your basement.
- Concrete floor cracks
- Concrete or block basement wall cracks
- Damp or wet drywall
- Damp or wet carpet
- Condensation on pipes or exposed beams
- Leaking window
- Musty basement smell
Spring Basement Waterproofing: The Next Step
- Open up the windows.
- Remove water at a slow and steady pace to prevent further foundation problems.
- Throw out debris or damaged items.
- Bleach everything to prevent mold and other issues.
- Dry out the space and bring in a dehumidifier.
To clarify, not all waterproofing issues are easy to fix. Furthermore, filling cracks and sealing gaps without taking care of the cause will only create more damage. At Indiana Foundation Service, we'll inspect your home to provide you with the best possible solution for Spring basement waterproofing.