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Causes of Water Damage

Whether you have a poured concrete foundation, block crawl space or stone foundation, water is the number one enemy. Water infiltration through basement walls, poor gutters, bad drainage and subsurface water all lead to leaky, wet basements and crawl spaces. By stopping water infiltration, you will be protecting the value of your home and your families’ health.

Here is a checklist to help you prevent water problems:

  • Properly Working Gutters
  • Downspout Extensions
  • Proper Grading
  • Free Flowing Exterior Drain System
  • Sealed Sump Pump Systems
  • Sealed Interior Drainage System
  • Wall Crack Repair

Without all of these things working together you are risking a flooded basement and potential structural problems. Water is the enemy, a smart water management system installed by a trained professional is your first line of defense. Your local waterproofing professional can help you determine the best solution for your basement water problem.

Why is it happening?

water damagePoor Drainage
Properly working gutters, downspouts and grading direct water away from the foundation.

Exterior Drain System
Plugged or improperly installed exterior drains cause excessive pressure on the foundation.

Plumbing Leaks
Water from leaky plumbing is often a major contributor to foundation problems especially in slab on grade construction.

Sump Pumps
Weak or improperly sized sump pumps cannot remove water from around and under your home.

Poor Building Site Preparation
Cut and fill situations, where soil is removed from part of the lot and stacked on another, must be compacted properly before your home is constructed; otherwise unexpected movements of the soil beneath the foundation may occur.

Lack of Interior Drainage
Water pressure from under your slab can cause cracks and water infiltration into living spaces. By installing a sealed interior drain system water is quickly diverted away from the foundation.

Wall Cracks
Wall cracks and ruptures create a path for water to enter your home causing high humidity and possibly mold and mildew problems.

Fluctuating soil moisture levels, beneath the foundation, is the number one cause of foundation repairs. Maintaining a consistent moisture level allows for a stable foundation.

Stop these causes of water damage with a free basement waterproofing estimate from My Foundation Repairs.