Why is Water Leaking Into My Basement? Drip. Drip. Drip. One day you hear the familiar sound of water, but it is coming from a new place. A place where it shouldn’t be. You need to find the source of the dripping sound! You decide to start at the bottom of your house and work your way up. You rush down your basement steps and walk into a watery mess! Your once beautiful basement is now a soggy, wet puddle! You are devastated! You have poured so much time and energy (and money!) into finishing your basement and now all your things are ruined! Not only that, but you must clear your calendar and spend the rest of the week cleaning up the mess.
In order to make sure your basement does not get wet again, you need to find the source of the leak. Keep reading to find out why water is leaking into your basement.
A crack in your basement wall may be the sign of a larger issue with the foundation. Most of the time, it is a result of a drainage problem in your yard. Plugging up the existing crack will not guarantee that the reason the crack appeared in the first place will not cause more issues in the future. Consult a professional to look at the foundation and the drainage to solve that issue.
A honeycomb is a term used to describe pockets of air in the concrete used to form your basement wall. You can easily recognize a honeycomb because it appears bumpy or lumpy on the wall where it should be smooth. This problem is easy to fix by sealing the honeycomb area.
Window wells are wonderful since they let light stream into your basement. But window wells can be a problem if they let water in. Poor yard drainage could cause water to overflow into the window well space. Or a blocked gutter above the window well can cause water to pour into the window well. Although those are fixable, you usually find out about those problems the hard way. You can prevent any water meets window well problems by installing a Window Bubble. Window Bubbles can be installed over any type of window well. They are custom made for a tight fit which keeps water out of your basement. Get started by following the simple measurement guidelines.
If your basement wall is brick, cinder block, or stone, mortar was used to seal the spaces between the bricks or blocks. Over time the mortar deteriorates which may let water in. If there is water leaking through a mortar joint, get a waterproofing professional to diagnose the exact place where the water is coming in. The water may be coming into your basement in a different place than where it is seeping through the mortar.
When your water or sewer pipes were installed, a hole was drilled in the concrete so that the pipe could be inserted. Once the pipe was installed, the space between the pipe and the concrete wall was sealed with a water plug. Water plugs are not perfect. If something goes wrong with the water plug, you will end up with water in your basement. Consult a professional if water is leaking in through this space.
Instead, prevent water damage to your basement (and all the hassles that come with it) by having your basement inspected by a waterproofing professional. While you are waiting for the professional to come, you can protect your window well space and your basement windows with a Window Bubble. You will be blown away by the strength and the beauty of this easy-to-install, custom-made window well cover.
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Dilworth Manufacturing Company
P.O. Box 158
Honey Brook, PA 19344-0158