It’s pouring rain outside, and your basement is leaking. Again. By this time you probably have the routine down to a science: move the rug and the lamp, throw out the soggy newspaper, put on your oldest pair of sneakers and get the mop… (-:
Here are the top 4 reasons why you are spending so much time mopping the cellar..
1) Gravity. The most vulnerable, leaky basements are those that are fully below ground with no way for water to drain away from the house by gravity. Moving water seeks the path of least resistance finds its way through windows, drains or minuscule cracks in concrete floors or walls.
2) Cracks. Imperfections in walls are unavoidable and happen to any wall over time. When surface water from rain finds those imperfections in walls or the floor, water has found entrance points into your home.
3) Geography. Water levels have risen to their highest point due to melting snow, spring rains, baron/change in landscape, and lack of winter sun. This is related to the geography around your home. Sometimes even digging up a tree can cause drainage flow around your basement to change and a basement that never leaked, suddenly starts leaking!
4) Condensation. When warm air comes in contact with cool basement walls and floors, moisture is produced. Unaddressed, this high humidity will spawn the growth of mold and mildew sending your pillows to an early retirement and creating a musty smell that is hard to get rid of.
The good news is that all of these problems are fixable, and it doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune. Solutions as simple as a Dehumidifer can help with moderate condensation problems, and foundation cracks can sometimes be repaired. We can help you understand the solution that is right for your leaky basement and fits your budget.
And never forget our motto, “Don’t Mop it, Stop it!”