Why Is Water Leaking Into Your Basement?

Sump pumps are designed to hold unwanted excess water, so make sure to take good care of them. You wouldn’t want all that water to leak into your basement

Sump pumps are designed to hold unwanted
excess water, so make sure to take good care
of them. You wouldn’t want all that water to
leak into your basement

You go downstairs to start your laundry after a rainy morning and realize that there are puddles of water on your floor. This isn’t the ideal the way to start your day and it is sight that you never want to see. Now, you are left to clean up the water and figure out how it is getting into your basement. There are so many small creases and crevices that it is almost impossible to figure out where the source of your basement leak is. Here are some of the most common reasons why water could be leaking into your basement.

Top Of The Wall

When the ground underneath is sloping into the house, water can leak into the basement from the top of the wall. This causes water to drain back towards your house rather than away from it and water will likely enter from above the wall. The solution could be as simple as fixing your gutter system. If it’s not properly pointed away from your home, it could be releasing water directly into your basement, causing water damage. This also tends to be a common leak location in older homes.

Wall Cracks

This is one of the more serious issues when it comes to leaks because the solution isn’t as simple as just fixing the crack. You must find the source of the cracks to prevent more from forming later. Most likely, the cracks are forming from pressure build up from the water resting on your wall. Over time, the water and dirt that accumulates behind your wall builds pressure and eventually forms cracks or finds existing ones to come out from. A small crack in your while may not seem like a big deal, but it’s important to address it right away because one could lead to many more and even possible damage to your homes foundation.

Honeycomb Leakage

Because of poorly mixed concrete, honeycombs can form in your wall. These are air pockets that literally resemble honeycombs. Whether it was the person who originally built your home or a poorly executed DIY project, these honeycombs form when a person doesn’t take the time to mix and pour the concrete correctly. The air pockets create cavities that water can get into, easily causing leakage. This is one of the easier fixes in basement leaks and can be sealed quickly.

Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps work to keep water out of your basement, but just like any other machine, they fail from time to time. Your sump pump could stop working for many reasons including power outages, improper installation, a frozen line, or lack of maintenance. You want to take good care of your pump because it holds a lot of water at one time and if it malfunctions, all that water will spill out at the same time and could cause a lot of water damage. Waterproofing your basement could help keep your floors from being damaged even if this does happen.

Want To Prevent Water Damage To Your Basement? Call 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.


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