Possible Causes of Basement Moisture Accumulation
One area of your home that is at the biggest risk for flooding and moisture accumulation is your basement, which is why waterproofing should be a priority. But there are also many preventative measures that you can take once you know the warning signs. Here are some things that could potentially cause moisture accumulation in your basement.
If your basement has windows, then it’s likely that you have some form of window wells on the exterior. Window wells are the hollow around the window, and they often come with covers, usually made of metal or plastic to keep water out. It’s important to make sure that your window wells are able to do their job of blocking out water because as a low point on your property, water will naturally flow towards them. Faulty window wells will encourage water accumulation around your windows and leaks.
Your house’s gutters may be all the way at the top around your roof, but there are many factors surrounding gutters that can impact your basement. First, the downspout is responsible for carrying the water from the gutters away from your house. If installed incorrectly, your downspout could be sending the water against your house instead, which will eventually lead right into your basement. Also, clogged and broken gutters might cause water to pool and overflow in some areas, and a concentration of water against your house will surely lead to water accumulation in your basement. Make sure you look at your gutters, especially around the back of the house, where they could be forgotten.
The source of your problem could be coming from inside your home in the form of leaks. Your water pipes, sump pump, and appliances like water heaters could be the culprit. It is a good idea to check your appliances for leaks periodically. Unless you have exposed pipes in your basement, it might be difficult to check them regularly. But if you spot signs of water damage, such as discoloration in the drywall, then it’s time to get a professional inspection.
The next time that you are in your basement, look at the walls for any noticeable cracks. Although small cracks in the basement wall can be harmless, they could also be a sign of foundation problems. It’s a good idea to have a professional inspection if you notice any large cracks, but since even small cracks can allow in moisture, it doesn’t hurt to look into having them filled before they get worse.
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