What's Causing Your Leaky Basement?

You fixed that leaky, wet foundation months ago, so now what's the problem? The caulking should have done the trick, right? Well, for a few months there were not any problems, but the weather has also been a bit dry laTely.

If you're not that confident about the fixes you've made or maybe the job done by someone else, then there are some questions to ask and some problems to resolve before the next rain or snow melt hits. You do not want your basement flooding because of misinformation or an incomplete job.

Let's take a look at some of the common problems that cause your base to leak. If you're looking for a highly trained and experienced basement waterproofing or finishing expert, then you're in luck. Keep reading and you'll also find the ways that a contractor will solve these problems!

Wall-Floor Joint

Every home has walls and floors that are connected by a joint. Just as our bodies have joints that sometimes cause us some aches and pains, your home's wall-floor joint can cause some leaks.

Your basement waterproofing contractor will remove the part of the floor that's closest to the joint and the leak. A trench will be made and filled with clean stone that's topped-off with a drain system and then restore the concrete floor.

Do not worry about seeing an ugly drain. The work will be covered over and a neat, clean wall flange that is part of the drain itself will collect any water that may come in through or down the wall. The water will then be delivered to a pump pump and pumped back outside through a discharge line.

Floors

Another typical leak comes from the floors. The same process from above is utilized when curing a leaking basement floor. In severe cases, extra drain can be added through the basement floor where the cracks are and directed to the sump pump system.

This system can also help with leaks coming from entryways such as a territory hatchway door. The water will go into a grown trench which is flush with the floor and be flow into the waterproofing system.

Windows

Have you been noticing some water collecting benefit your windows or leaking around them? Replacement windows do not seem to be all that inexpensive, so you've been looking to find another cure. Well, you've found one.

An expert can come to your home and add a drain system that will remove the water from the site.

Do you think that replacing your windows is well-worth the expense? Well, here are some buying tips.

Make sure you find an energy efficient window, not only will the replacement help save you money because of a more efficient window seal, but also for its other energy efficient characteristics. But, rain can also be refracted by a window well.

So, whether you're looking for replacement windows or a window well drainage system, the problem is most definitely fixable.

Water Heater

Maybe you've had to replace a water heater in the past or you've been noticing a lack of your hot water supply. Although this is the typical sign to replace a water heater, another sign is when the heater begins to leak.

A small leak can go unnoticed and can cause a lot of serious damage to the surrounding area. If the water tank bursts, a continuous flow of water can ruin any foundation quickly. If the materials used to finish your basement are not waterproof or water damage resistant, then there's a huge risk of damage being done to the walls, carpet, and more.

How can this be pretended or properly handled? Simple! Your basement waterproofer can recommend placing a special 4 inch high ring around the water heater, with a floor drain inside the ring so that any leaks will flow into your drainage system. A water-sensitive alarm to notify you when there is a leak is also recommended.

Washer Hoses

The water heater is not the only appliance that can cause flooding and water damage, but washing machine hoses and other pipe work can also cause some significant damage. Typical washer hoses are not exactly made to withstand the pressure that the water constantly places on it, which is it's recommended to shut off the water supply to the washer after the laundry is finished. Who wants to do that ?! A great solution is to purchase washing machine hoses that are made to with the constant pressure and that will not bubble or blister. The best ones will also have a warranty!



Source by Samantha Walton

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