If you’re stressed every time it starts to rain, it’s time to think about your options. When rainfall begins, or hours afterward, and water seepage begins, your stress level goes through the roof. Why is the water seepage happening? Where is it coming from? Is it the gutters? Are there cracks in my foundation? Should I be worried about the stability of my foundation after continued water seepage? All of these questions run through your mind and it makes it hard to relax during a thunderstorm. Water seepage has many sources, and it can be fixed.
The first thing to do when you think you have water seepage is to check where the water is making its way in. When the rain begins, stay in the area it usually seeps in so that you can see if it’s coming in at eye level, floor level, or somewhere else. Where it is coming in can be important information in solving the problem.
If it is coming in at the floor, there is most likely a problem with hydrostatic pressure in the soil outside your home. Water doesn’t drain properly and soaks into the looser soil (from backfill), causing it to become dense. It then pushes up against the side of the foundation and can cause water damage and foundation damage (like cracks and bowing walls). When this happens, water will seep through the seam and into your basement. This can obviously cause a lot of damage very fast if it is a heavy rain.
When the water is coming in at eye level, cracks or seams are letting in water that is pooling on the ground because of poor grading or gutters too close to the home. The water falls directly against the foundation instead of farther out in the yard. This leaves the water nowhere to go but down, and it pushes through any small or large cracks it can find in the foundation walls…and into your basement.
There are several solutions for water seepage, all depending on what your issue is and when and how water enters the home. The first, and easiest way for minimal water entering the home, is to check if your gutters are clogged with leaves and debris. If so, clean them out and remember to continue cleaning them out. While you’re there, make sure the downspout for the gutter reaches at least five feet away from the home. This will direct water away from the home instead of directly onto the foundation.
Solutions that are not so D.I.Y. are ones that you should call a foundation repair and waterproofing expert for. We can install exterior drainage systems to direct water away from the home before it even reaches the foundation, and a sump pump inside for added protection. Additionally, interior waterproofing and encapsulation of crawl spaces can be worthwhile for unfinished spaces or those with mold or mildew growth. Next, we will seal up any cracks and repair foundation damage through plate anchors or a piering system. Lastly, we may need to fix grading issues with the soil against the home. All of these put together will assure you that your home is safe from water seepage and you no longer need to feel stressed out every time it rains.
If you’re looking for foundation repair or waterproofing and your basement or crawl space has water seepage, it’s time to call Custom Concrete & Foundation Specialists. We are experts in the area, and we want to help you get your home stable and safe again–and get rid of some of that stress! Give us a call today so we can get you set up with a free estimate and on your way to a stress free rainy season.