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10 Reasons Why Your Basement Is Wet

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

A wet or flooded basement can be caused by a few things, make sure you are prepared for anything to happen.

10 Reasons Why Your Basement is Wet

So you’ve found standing water or other signs of moisture in your basement (like damp walls or mold). You need to find the cause immediately, because nearly all problems that lead to wet basements will get worse with time—and will be much harder and more expensive to fix. Here are ten common reasons why your basement may be wet.

Exterior Sources

  1. Believe it or not, the source of the water entering the basement may actually be a leak in your roof. When water gets in because of damaged shingles or another roof weakness, it tends to run along the tresses in the roof and into the walls. From there, it will often go all the way down to the basement.
  2. Clogged, damaged, or overtaxed gutters are a very common source of basement water. When water overflows the gutters or downspouts, it’s going to run right up against the foundation of your home and can easily get into the basement.
  3. A high water table can cause problems for your basement, even if the structure of your home and foundation are sound. This can be especially frustrating since there’s not much you can do about it other than make sure you have a functioning sump pump and good foundation drains.
  4. The slope of the pavement and/or landscaping around your home should always be away from the house. When paving materials or soil settles, it can sometimes change the direction of the slope so water flows toward the house rather than away from it.
  5. If water shows up in your basement right after a heavy rain, there’s a good chance that the sealant around your windows and doors might be failing. Caulking around doors and windows deteriorates over time and must be replaced, as must mortar between bricks. Cracks in walls or on window ledges should be repaired quickly.
  6. Snow and rainwater can build up in window wells quickly if they don’t have proper drainage built in. This can lead to dampness or even a flow of water into the basement.

Interior Sources

  1. Water in your basement isn’t necessarily from outside your home. The problem may be a leak in your plumbing, which means waterproofing your basement isn’t going to help.
  2. Even if your plumbing hasn’t sprung a leak, you may have water pipes that are sweating and dripping onto the basement floor. This happens because of the temperature difference between the pipe and the surrounding air, so insulation is an easy way to solve this problem.
  3. Excess humidity can also cause condensation on walls and windows. This could be a sign that you need to insulate the basement, or it could be caused by something like a dryer vent.
  4. If you notice the water is coming up through drains in the basement, it’s probably a backed-up municipal sewer system. You can install a backflow valve that will prevent this.

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