It is a bright sunny day and you think you might as well check out the house and spruce it up a bit. You go down to the basement and you get a whiff of musty odor. Well, this is a situation most homeowners confront because they have neglected their basements.
Without regular checks there is a high risk of water seepage which, with time, leads to mold growth. Not only does mold growth pose a health risk for your family, it also leads to a musty odor which will eventually find its way upstairs.
The Basement Health Association (BHA) says the larger percentage of air you breathe indoors comes from the basement. Your family is thus at risk of inhaling mold spores which cause allergic attacks and other respiratory problems. Seepage through walls will also compromise strength of the foundation and can lead to bulging and bowing of foundation walls.
Causes of Water Seepage in the Basement
To say that water seepage is risky is an understatement. It can be plain devastating and as a conscious homeowner, you need to appreciate the major causes in order to understand how to remedy it. Here is a brief outlook of these causes:
Once your home is completed, it is highly likely that the contractor didn’t work on the landscaping. If the grading slopes towards the walls, there is a great risk of water pushing and eventually seeping through the foundation walls.
Foundation Wall Damage
As the house settles, the wall comes under pressure and cracks might appear. In addition, poor construction can lead to hairline cracks and all these can give easy access for water seepage. With time, these cracks grow in size and compromise your home’s structural integrity.
Sewer Pipe Leaks
These pipes are out of sight and even your contractor might not know about their existence. If they are leaking, the lateral pressure on the walls will eventually allow water to leak into the basement.
Poor Surface Drainage
If the downspouts and eaves troughs are clogged, water will drain down the walls and eventually pools will form next to basement walls. Water flows through the easiest path and if there are cracks and honeycomb holes on the walls, you have a leaking basement nightmare. A blocked French tile can also lead to soggy soil and the subsequent lateral pressure against the walls eventually leads to seepage.
Window Wells Leaks
These windows add aesthetic and functional value but again they are major culprits in allowing water seepage into the basement. If the well drains are not well laid, they will allow water to flow back into the house.
Every home is unique and hence you need a contractor to take a look and identify the cause of water leaks to offer the best waterproofing solution.