Why Your Basement Leaks

/Why Your Basement Leaks
Why Your Basement Leaks 2017-02-13T14:15:41-07:00

A variety of conditions cause wet basements.

Knowing why your basement leaks will help you to understand how to fix the problem. Water seepage ruins the comfort of your home, but you can prevent that from happening with the BEAVER Basement Water Control System.

A wet basement is more than a nuisance. If your basement includes finished living space, any kind of moisture can ruin carpeting, drywall and framing. Even if you have a crawl space or just use your basement for storage, a simple case of condensation can buckle hardwood flooring on the level above and spawn harmful mold.

If you have a soggy basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors, based in Washington, D.C., estimates 60% of U.S. homes have wet basements and 38% run the risk of basement mold.

The water most often comes from rainfall and melting snow. Even a small storm can trigger a deluge … a house with a 1,500 sq. ft. roof sheds 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of falling rain. In tougher cases, the problem is rising groundwater.

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All the snow and rain … Where will it all end!

It could end up in your basement. Homes that never had water in the basement before, could see water oozing in where the floor and wall meet. Others may find water leaking in, an all too familiar occurrence. Water soaking in around the foundation creates hydrostatic pressure, filling the hollow block wall up with water. Usually the first sign of water leaking is at the cold joint where the floor and wall meet.

In many instances preventative measure to manage surface water will prevent water from reaching your basement. Gutters and down spouts extending eight feet from the foundation are recommended. Service walks should tilt away from the foundation. Low areas of settling should be filled in and sloped away from the foundation.

There are several Do-it-Yourself products designed to hold water back such as hydrostatic patches, waterproof paints and other forms of plug-its. If these attempts fail homeowners may resort to a more extreme alternative by having a contractor install French drains. This system requires men and jackhammers trenching through the basement floor and hauling mud and gravel in and out of your home.

Beaver system relieves hydro static pressure.

Beaver system relieves hydro static pressure without jackhammers trenching through the basement floor or hauling mud and gravel in and out of your home. Hollow baseboards adhered to the floor along the wall act as a barrier collecting water from weep holes tapped into the blocks where the floor and wall meet. Water travels along the hollow baseboards to a drain or sump-pump. The Beaver system is simple in design, but very effective. The system is composed of vinyl channels which resemble oversized baseboards and is a fairly inexpensive safeguard against basement flooding. This system can be used for poured concrete or block foundations. By tapping holes in the cement blocks at floor level you will lower the water table and the hydrostatic pressure that has built up in the walls. The Beaver system is then installed in front of the holes using Vin-Con-Lox adhesive. This simple system allows you to channel the incoming water to a drain or sump pump.


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