If you’ve noticed water beginning to collect in your basement, it could be a sign of one of many different problems. Even the smallest leaks can cause severe damage to your home if it is not dealt with promptly. If you’ve noticed any leaks in your basement, your first move should be to call in a professional. In the meantime, you can check these four frequent causes of water accumulation in the basement.
Slope Or Property Graded Incorrectly
When a house or building is constructed, usually it would be put on a slope or grade, which ensures that water runs away from the base rather than pooling. If this process is not completed correctly, or if your home has suffered from erosion, water may begin to pool at the base of your home and leak into your basement.
A gutter system is one of your home’s first defenses against water leaks. Gutters function by ensuring that any water running off your house is directed away from your foundation. However, these can quickly become defective if not cared for frequently enough. Gutters can quickly fill with leaves, dirt, and debris, leading to water accumulation. Make sure that your downspouts run at least four feet away from the base of your home and that gutters are regularly cleaned.
Defective Window Wells
If you have a basement or crawlspace with small windows or vents on you must keep a close eye on these to ensure that they are not the source of any problems. While they should be designed not to let any water or moisture in, sometimes they are installed improperly or become damaged.
Cracks In Walls and Foundation
Even when everything else is working as it should, if you have cracks in your walls or foundation there is no way to prevent moisture from entering your home. Regardless of size, cracks in your home cannot be ignored. With winter on its way even a hairline crack letting in only drips of water, can freeze and expand. Having a professional perform occasional checks and doing frequent inspections yourself can help make sure you catch any issues before they progress and prevent water accumulation in the home.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube,LinkedIn, and Houzz.