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Leaking Basement Floors

Wet, leaky basement floors can cause a variety of problems, like excess humidity and standing water. Leaking basement floors can be caused by extreme pressure to your home’s basement.

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Your basement should be as watertight as possible, whether it’s for entertainment or storage. Hydrostatic pressure can throw your plans off. Water damage, such as the kind that can turn a sturdy floor into a leaking, uneven mess, in a home that isn’t protected from wet weather in the Carolinas can cause basement floor leaks.

What Causes a Leaking Basement Floor? 

In South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Georgia, basement leaks are common, especially due to the wet summer climate and variety of soils that let water easily gain access to your basement. When your basement is damaged, it can be difficult to discover. The damage can sometimes progress so slowly that it appears that your basement is okay in one moment and extremely damaged and cracked the next. The best part of these scenarios is that you can tell whether your basement floor is dealing with water damage specifically. Basement floors that have begun to sink or leak water when you walk on them require prompt professional treatment like Mount Valley Foundation Services

Water can seep into your basement through foundation cracks, and through any cracks in the mortar joints of masonry or block in your foundation walls. Another method water and moisture might come inside is through a space between the floor and the wall. There is a greater risk of excessive levels of dampness in basements that have floor cracks. A crack in your basement floor will quickly begin to seep water since water is adept at finding its way into areas it shouldn’t. 

The Risks of Leaking Basement Floors 

There are a plethora of risks involved when you have cracks or fissures in your home that may allow water to leak into your home’s basement. 

wet basement walls damaged by water

Excess Moisture

Homes that have a greater relative humidity are more likely to sustain damage from moisture. This humidity may change into more tangible types of water, or it may even become absorbed into your concrete, wood, carpets, and other things while it is still in its gaseous form. Both of these outcomes are possible. After the moisture has had time to settle in, it has the potential to increase the amount of hydrostatic pressure that your home must cope with on the interior of your home, as well as increase the occurrence of mold and mildew in the living areas of your home.

water pooling on concrete

Standing Water

A major sign of leaking basement floors is pools of water in the basement. This sign is very easy to notice and should not be taken likely. More than preserving your quality of life is at stake while fighting a leaking basement floor. If your home has too much dampness, it will have an impact not just on the value of your home but also on your health. You’re doing more than safeguarding your structural supports when you act to waterproof your property. You’re making life easier for yourself and your family.

Basement Cracks

Cracks in your basement are the major cause of water leaking into your basement. When you examine your basement, you should check for cracks along the floors and even walls of your home. Hydrostatic pressure has an immediate influence on the general structural integrity of your property, causing cracks along the floor of your basement that will let water in. If you notice cracks in the floor of your basement, then you should contact a professional basement waterproofing expert like Mount Valley Foundation Services. Basement cracks are not something that homeowners should take lightly. 

FAQs

Hydrostatic pressure is a force that works against your home’s structural stability. Moisture impacts the stability of the concrete or other elements that make up your concrete floor when it comes into contact with them. Too many of these types of modifications might put a lot of strain on your basement floor.  

DIY basement floor repair can be expensive. Before repairing a basement floor, homeowners need the right tools and materials. You may not know what to do with the items you’ve brought home if you’ve never fixed a leaking basement floor. 

In the long run, it’s better to deal with the problem now than to wait until it gets any worse. Repairing your house shouldn’t be put off because you’re worried about the cost. You’ll be able to enjoy your basement again faster if you can restore the stability of your floor as soon as possible. 

Call Us for A Free Inspection 

At Mount Valley Foundation Services, we aim to serve our local population. We understand the unique situations that come with the areas we serve. A leaking basement floor can lead to more issues, such as excess humidity, cracks in the floor, and standing pools of water. If you suspect that your home is suffering from a leaking basement floor, contact us. We provide FREE inspections that come at no obligation to you. We never pull away from a job, so you can trust that we’ll completely take care of your leaky basement issue. We’re proud to serve Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Savannah, and surrounding areas. 

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