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Basement Leaks and Floods: Causes and Risks

December 21, 2017


When was the last time you inspected your unfinished basement? This is a question that catches most homeowners off guard. The basement is considered one of the most difficult parts of the house to maintain in top shape. An easy solution for most people is to abandon this space altogether and to use it only in unavoidable circumstances.


One of the problems that drive homeowners to despair is water leakage, which makes this space inhabitable. A leaky basement is a common problem, with the Basement Health Association (BHA) saying over 70% of all homes with a basement in the country face such a problem.

Causes of Water in the Basement


Water enters a basement through lateral pressure against foundation walls or a rising water table. To deal comprehensively with the problem, you have to understand where the water that eventually pushes through into your basement is coming from. Some of the most common causes of basement water are:

  • Poor surface drainage

  • Foundation cracks

  • Poor grading

  • Clogged drain tile

  • Window wells

There are many other sources of basement water and it is advisable to call in a certified contractor who will help diagnose the problem. These professionals have the tools to identify a water leak and the skills to deploy the best waterproofing technology.

Risks of Water in the Basement


While neglecting your wet basement might look like the best option, you need to appreciate the risks involved. These include:

  1. Risks to the property: Water entry through foundation walls affects both wooden and metal materials used to strengthen the foundation. This leaves your home exposed to damage especially in case of natural disasters.

  2. Flood damage: Failure to deal with a leaky basement means the problem is exacerbated during heavy rains. More water will seep through, completely devastating valuables stored in the room.

  3. Health risks: Presence of water and high moisture levels in the basement provides ideal conditions for mold growth. Mold causes respiratory health problems including coughing, wheezing and sneezing. It also causes allergic reactions in asthmatic people. The fact that much of the air you breathe indoors travels from the basement means mold spores will end up in the upper levels of the house leading to health problems.

  4. Impact on home value: Water in the basement is a big turn off and if it ends up in a home survey report, you will find it hard to sell the property.


If you notice standing water on your basement floor, effervescent and paint damage on walls or a musty odor in your basement, it is time to call in a contractor at Basement Solutions to deal with your leaky basement. Reach us at 484-393-2911 or visit our website to learn more.



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