Because foundation cracks and other types of foundation issues are quite common in many Pennsylvania homes, it is not out of the ordinary to find water and basement leakage problems. Basement water causes issues such as mold growth, wood rot, high humidity, puddles, and it can also ruin any belonging that you keep stored in your basement. That is why you should take care of any basement water issues as soon as possible.
The best way to do this is to first decide what is causing your wet basement. There are several different underlying causes to the problem of a wet basement:
- Surface Water: This kind of water forms puddles in your yard due to low spots and poor grading or landscaping around the home. If this water gets too close to your home’s foundation, it can leak through cracks into the basement of the home -signs include water pooling in the yard, and water seepage.
- Seasonal Water: If you notice that your basement becomes wet after heavy rains or after snow melts in the spring season, it may be a sign that water is leaking through foundation cracks due to lack of waterproofing around your home’s foundation – indicated by heavy water leakage during rainy seasons or springtime.
- Ground Water: This category includes water that seeps into your foundation below the surface level, such as high water tables or underground springs. frequent rains can also cause ground water to seep into the basement and cause issues – water seepage and signs of a damp basement may indicate a ground water problem.
- Poor Drainage: If you have a defective or inadequate drainage or waterproofing system in your home, water could be getting through and causing all sorts of basement water issues – obvious drainage leaks and signs of a wet basement despite waterproofing could mean that there is an issue with your drainage systems.
- Interior Water: This water results from condensation due to temperature differences, plumbing leaks in the home, sewage backup, and any other issue that is not related to external water sources or drainage problems – signs include mold growth, water stains, and condensation in the interior parts of the basement.
The relieving fact about basement water problems is that they are really not that difficult to prevent. All you need is a little help from some waterproofing experts. Look for the signs of these basement water sources and try to determine which one is the problem in your home. Once you figure out what the issue is, you can invest in a solution from the waterproofing professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor.
Basement Water Leakage Solutions from Matthews for Your PA Home
In order to fix the problems resulting from this basement water entry, it is important that you contact a professional team. Follow these steps to insure that your basement remains free of moisture from now on:
- Have any cracks or gaps in the exterior foundation or the basement walls and floor taken care of as soon as possible. This will prevent water from entering the basement in the first place.
- Fix any broken gutters or downspouts and ensure that the ground around the home slopes down and away to make sure water cannot pool around the foundation. Also check the grading or drainage in window wells to be sure water cannot enter there. Any large plants that are growing close the the home should also be taken care of, as the roots of these plants can lead to foundation cracks that cause leakage.
- If surface water is entering the home, consider investing in a basement drainage system, which uses catch basins and drywells to assist the gutters and grading in keeping water from pooling around the home.
- Once cracks in the foundation have been filled to prevent ground water seepage, have the Matthews team install an exterior waterproofing system with a waterproof membrane and drainage board to make sure water cannot penetrate the exterior wall of your foundation.
- Water that collects in your home due to other sources, such as plumbing leaks, can be collected and removed with the installation of an interior drainage system. If you already have an interior drainage system, but it is not getting the job done, have us install a battery backup sump pump to help the primary sump pump keep up.
- Dehumidification and crawlspace vapor barriers are also helpful in keeping moisture from causing issues such as mold growth and damp walls in your basement and crawlspace areas.
If you want to learn more about how to keep your Pennsylvania basement safe from water problems and for information on basement waterproofing costs, contact the team at Matthews Wall Anchors right away.