Water Seeping Through Foundation?
How Water Gets Into Your Basement
Oftentimes water can be getting into your home because your foundation has settled. Excess moisture in soil creates a lot of pressure on concrete, which is usually the cause of most foundation cracks. The best way to prevent foundation cracks and water seeping through your foundation is to keep water away from your foundation in the first place.
Prevent Water from Seeping Through Your Foundation
In order to keep water away from your foundation, you need to have proper surface drainage around your home. Be sure to clear your gutters of any dirt, leaves, and debris so that when it rains, water does not overflow. When gutters overflow, water pours directly along your foundation walls and can seep into your basement. Another tip is to make sure your downspouts are extended at least 10 feet away from your home so that they are effectively directing water away from your foundation.
Install a Drainage System
Another option is to install a sump pump. If your property is prone to water drainage because it is at the bottom of a hill or close to a source of water, you may want to think about installing a sump pump. A sump pump drains excess water away from your property by allowing water to flow into a sump pit through drains or by natural water migration through the soil. The water is then pumped of the pit and away from the building so that your basement or crawlspace stays dry.
Build a Retaining Wall
Retaining walls are another great way to keep water from seeping through your foundation. Retaining walls not only add great curb appeal to your home, but they also help to minimize soil movement and erosion around your foundation. In order for a retaining wall to be effective however, you do need to make sure that you have proper drainage for the wall as well. In order to provide proper drainage, at minimum of 12 inches of granular backfill should be installed directly behind the wall. Gravel allows for water to properly flow through the ground without the loss of soil. Once you have proper backfill, you can add compacted soil fill the rest of the space behind the wall and can even add plants for added strength and curb appeal.
Contact a Foundation Expert
If you notice that you have water seeping through your foundation, or have a damp, or humid basement, you should have your property assessed by a foundation expert. You can contact us to learn more about our foundation repair services and products. We want you to feel confident in choosing us to take care of your home so we even offer free estimates!