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Water seepage in ceilingA basement is an extension of your foundation. That means that it is important to maintain the basement walls. If you notice that your basement is leaking, it can prove to be major threat to your foundation. Leaking basements are not uncommon. Normal seepage or foundation settlement are factors that can lead to a wet basement. There are steps you can take to start waterproofing your basement.

Signs of water problems

  • Mold
  • Heavy musty smell
  • Standing water
  • Damp walls
  • Wood rot

Areas where Water can enter

  • Wall and floor joints – Water can build up pressure and penetrate the floor wall joint under the footings.
  • Floor Cracks – These cracks are caused by expansion and contraction of concrete. Water can also escape from the subfloor area through these cracks.
  • Wall Cracks and pipe penetration
  • Basement windows
  • Bulkhead doors
  • Water over foundation

There are several ways to resolve the issue of a leaking basement. It could be as simple as filling a crack or it could require a full excavation of your walls.

Water damage on basement wallsMethods of Waterproofing Your Basement

Waterproofing your basement protects it from damage. These techniques involve stopping water before it can penetrate into the basement. Merely stopping the water from entering the basement could cause other issues; it can cause damage to your walls. Hydrostatic pressure can build up and cause walls to start moving inwards. To combat this you can add a drainage system to get rid of any water before pressure can build up.

Water management might be the solution for you. This method allows water to flow through the walls where it is captured by a closed loop system. The water is then pumped out and away from your home. Using this method eliminates large excavation, reduces repair time, and cuts down on cost.

Houselogic provides more tips on how to waterproof your basement.

If you see any signs of leakage in your basement, or notice any other foundation problem feel free to contact Ram Jack Wichita.