Mold growth, wood rot and insect infestations thrive in wet, damp environments such as basements. All they need is ample moisture and humidity from the air to survive, which makes keeping your space dry all the more important!
One of the first steps to protecting your basement from moisture is understanding how water makes its way in to begin with. Some of the most common reasons water enters your basement are:
It’s natural for homes to develop cracks, holes and imperfections over time. However, while many times this damage starts out small and unnoticeable, it has the potential to create big problems.
This is especially true when it comes to water damage. That’s because when your home has an opening to the elements, it becomes easy for water to flow into spaces like your basement.
Without an adequate waterproofing system and proper drainage, water could find its way through cracks, joints and porous material in your wall and foundation. Even a small storm can produce 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of falling rain.
Additionally, as snow thaws, the compact and icy material melts down to water. This liquid is then free to flow into the ground and make its way into your home.
Broken or leaky pipes often cause saturated soil around the foundation. This could lead to soil erosion and soil movement. If you suspect broken underground pipes, get them repaired immediately to avoid settlement issues.
Clogged gutters and faulty downspouts can cause standing water around the foundation and crawlspace of your home. This could make the area messy and difficult to access for inspections, maintenance and servicing.
Additionally, moisture and humidity could damage electrical circuits, lead to rust on metal appliances and cause wood rot.
Trees and shrubs planted too close to your home could dehydrate the soil during hot, dry weather conditions. As a result, the soil may shrink and cause settlement under the foundation. This creates a pathway for water to enter through.
To avoid settlement, trees should be planted at least 10 feet away from your home.
If you suspect there’s water entering your basement or crawl space, look for signs of water damage in and around your home. Some signs include:
If any of these signs are present, contact The Crack Guys quickly before water destroys the structure of your home. You can count on us to help restore your home through services such as wood rot repair and basement foundation repair.
If you want to protect your basement from water damage, take steps to waterproof your space! For instance, our team offers basement exterior wall waterproofing services to prevent any leaks from making their way inside.
Other waterproofing options include the following:
When you’re ready to take the next steps for your home, contact our team to get started!
The Crack Guys has years of experience serving Tennessee and Alabama homes, and we know how to effectively and efficiently waterproof your space. You can trust us to provide reliable care for your home, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
To schedule your waterproofing services, give The Crack Guys a call!