Your Wet Basement May Be a Landscaping Issue
A wet basement is a startling discovery, no matter the age of your home. But how does water get there in the first place? While most problems are caused by poorly sealed foundations & hydrostatic pressure, sometimes a wet basement is directly related to landscaping and water routing issues.
If you own a wet basement, you should be aware of the risks if it’s not properly taken care of.
Below are some examples of how wet basements can become much worse than they may seem:
What may seem like just a small amount of water in your basement can signify much larger problems. As water goes in and out of your basement, it takes a large toll on your home’s foundation. Water can erode stone and cement horribly. What may look like nothing more than a trickle can in fact turn into a much larger problem involving a new foundation for your home. A foundation is what holds your home up, so preventing this from happening is vital.
Bugs and insects live in the ground. So, by adding a damp, dark, indoor area for them to live and breed is something they will surely find. They thrive in wet areas and could soon become an infestation if not properly handled and prepared for. Having a home overrun by these critters is not on anybody’s wish list!
Mold and mildew
This could be the most hazardous consequence of wet basement walls. Because it involves your health, it is not something to be taken lightly. Black mold grows in damp areas with low air circulation and can cause all kinds of breathing and lung problems such as asthma, chronic lung infection, sinusitis, allergic reactions, and eczema. This can be especially hazardous to older people and young children.
And lastly, when you eventually try to sell your house, a wet basement can chase the perfect buyer away very quickly.
The most obvious way to remedy the problem of a wet basement is to prevent the water from ever penetrating the basement walls. The best way to do this is to look at your yard’s drainage. See where the water falls after a heavy rain and make sure it is not pooling beside your home’s foundation.
Here’s six ways we can solve you wet basement issues.
- The grade is important. How important? When the grade of the ground next to your home runs toward your foundation, your basement can flood. A professional solution to poor grading solves many basement water problems. We can fix it by building a dry creek around your home and filling it with gravel. This bisection of the soil routes water away from your home and keeps your basement dry.
- Water accumulation. After particularly heavy rains, monitor where the water pools on the ground outside and which wet basement walls appear. A swampy lawn means that you have poor soil drainage, which leads to unwanted basement water entry. While we can install a sump pump to curb problems such as this, extending the sump pump’s outflow as well as adding extensions to your downspouts can also help.
- Mulch problems. A home with a well-manicured lawn is a must. But what some people don’t realize is that when you pack mulch up and around your foundation, you could be setting up a moisture wick. We solve this problem by always maintaining 4-6 inches between your home’s foundation and any mulch. This simple trick can alleviate wet basement issues and keep your foundation dry.
- Downspout angles. Proper water drainage is important to fixing a wet basement. If your downspouts have seen better days and aren’t even directed away from the ground immediately surrounding your home, it’s time to take action and add extensions. The same goes for gutters; a little TLC can keep the water flowing from your roof and far, far away from your foundation.
- Grass and hydrostatic pressure. An effective barrier for excess rain is grass. Much like digging a dry creek around your home, it’s possible for expert landscapers to use grass and valleys to redirect water away from your home’s foundation. This method leads water away from trouble spots and relieves hydrostatic pressure that may have originated deep within your yard. And the best part is, it can save you thousands compared with traditional waterproofing methods.
- Patio Problems. A well-constructed patio is lovely during warm weather. But as the ground settles, patio pavers sink. As a result, water can pool in patios that sit next to foundations. To solve patio problems like this, we remove pavers and add new soil and pea gravel. As a result, water will run away from your foundation, and water pooling problems will disappear.
In many wet basement situations, a professional is the only person who can properly diagnose the problem. They know, after years of experience, what different water entry signs mean for your basement and the techniques to use to stop it before it becomes a serious problem.
If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free estimate.
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