Types of Basement Leakage and Water Seepage
Water seepage in your basement or crawl space can mean many different things. It may even mean that your business or home’s foundation is failing. In order to tell if you are in need of waterproofing and foundation repair, you will need to identify how the water is getting into your home or business. There are three different types of leaks, including:
- Through the Walls: When it comes to water leaks and water seepage, you will most commonly see leaks coming through the wall cracks. These cracks will start as small hairline cracks, but eventually–if they are not addressed–will continue to deteriorate. When they become wide enough they will allow water to enter your basement or crawl space. Wall cracks can begin when a foundation begins to shift and sink, meaning foundation failure. While they may begin as a very minor problem, they may warn of major damages in the future.
- Through the Floor or Wall Joint: If you notice that seepage is coming up from the floor or wall joint, it is possible that your sump pump may not be working correctly. If it is in working order, it may indicate other issues. In this case, you should contact a professional here at Rapid Foundation Repair. We can help you determine the source and cause of your leak and repair it as well. It is also wise to have a battery backup sump pump in case of power outages. This will help prevent this problem.
- Over the Top of the Wall: There are two ways that water can leak through over the top of the basement or crawl space wall. The first is when the top soil level is above where the top of the basement wall is. Water will seep through the soil and into the basement over the top of the basement wall. Ironically, this is often done to try and keep water away from a home’s foundation. It may cause more problems that it prevents. The second problem is water not being diverted correctly. If water runs off your roof and down the side of your home, it will be left to pool around your foundation and will cause a variety of problems, including water seepage. Make sure your gutters safely divert water away from your home.
Waterproofing and Crawl Space Repair
Having a leak in your basement or crawl space is more of a danger than it may seem. Make sure your business or home is safe from foundation failure and water seepage. Keep an eye out for leaks, cracks, water stains, mold and mildew, and wood rot in and around your foundation. If you notice these problems, make sure to contact a professional here at Rapid Foundation Repair. We offer inspections, foundation repair, waterproofing, and crawlspace repair. We can do it all! Give us a call today.