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Causes of Basement Problems

Water in your basement can be due to a few natural occurrences, here are some of the most common ways it gets into yours.

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Basements can be a great addition to a home and even increase its value, but if not properly waterproofed they can turn into a disaster. Maintaining the health and safety of this area is critical for both your home’s structural stability and your family’s health. When water infiltrates your basement, it can lead to issues such as mold and mildew growth, foundation damage, and elevated humidity in your home. Here, we discuss some of the most common causes of basement water damage.  

Common Causes of Basement Water Problems  

If you’ve ever dealt with basement water problems, chances are it’s been an unpleasant experience. No one likes dealing with water infiltrating any part of their home as it is frustrating and usually costly. This is what you need to know about the root of basement water and how to properly combat it.  

Hydrostatic Pressure Diagram

Hydrostatic Pressure

It is natural for the soil surrounding your home to have some amount of water in it. Unfortunately, not all soils are the same in South and North Carolina and some are more likely to hold more water than others. When the ground becomes overly saturated, it can cause what’s known as hydrostatic pressure to build up and cause damage to your basement. Since your basement is likely made from concrete, the water in the soil can push its way through the pores within the concrete and make its way into your home. In severe cases, this can cause your basement walls to bow inwards, which can start to crack and eventually collapse.  

clogged pipe

Clogged Footing Drains  

If your home was built with a basement, chances are footing drains were installed. These drains span the perimeter of your basement and help remove water that would otherwise accumulate. However, there’s a strong chance that they may be clogged with debris if you notice pooling water around the floor cove. If this is the case, these drains need to be cleared of debris and inspected to make sure that they aren’t suffering from any damage or leaks. However, this can be an extensive and invasive process, as it requires digging outside your home and down to the footing drain to access it. This is one reason why interior drainage systems are much more reliable in keeping your basement dry.  

leaking pipes

Leaking Pipes

Many basements contain plumbing pipes and appliances like washing machines and hot water heaters. If any pipes burst or appliances fail, water can leak down walls, onto floors, and lead to water damage. This is also dangerous if any electrical outlets are affected. Leaking water from pipes and appliances also can lead to structural problems, unpleasant odors, and mold growth followed by health issues.


Let The Team At Mount Valley Foundation Services Help Waterproof Your Basement  

If you’re worried about structural damage or health concerns due to water in your basement, it’s time for repairs and waterproofing solutions. Since we are 100% committed to the health and safety of your home, we only install the best, proven, warrantied products that effectively work to keep your basement dry.  

Trust the experts at Mount Valley Foundation Services to get your basement clean and dry once more and protected for years to come. Call us today to set up a free inspection and written estimate of our repairs.  


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