When experiencing a wet basement, one might not know where the source of the problem is coming from. Other than a leaking plumbing system or even a heavy amount of rain. There might be other symptoms as to why your basement is flooding. Basements can flood from several areas, including wall cracks, floor cracks, leaking or burst pipes, leaking windows, hatchway doors, sump pump failure, and water heater failure.
Here are some detailed common symptoms of a wet basement.
Symptom: Water around the exterior foundation wall
If there is any water that may be near your basement’s exterior foundation walls, then this can be a potential problem. The surface water around your home may not be draining properly. Here is some other thing to look around for as well:
Check your Gutters: Your gutters might be overflowing with water. This can eventually cause water to enter the basement and erode the soil. This can cause foundational cracks.
Leaky Basement Windows: Leaves and other debris can cause windows to become clogged and fill that area up with water. The water would then trail down through cracks and gaps around basement windows.
Landscape Slope: Your yard can be a primary source of why water is entering your home. If your house is sloped away from home, there should be no issue. But, if the slope is towards the home, water can begin to pool towards the home as it begins to saturate the soil. There will be extra moisture in the ground, allowing it to enter the exterior foundation.
Pavement Settlement: When water flows into a cracked pavement, it can cause settlement over time. This can cause the flow direction of the rain to go towards the home.
Hydrostatic pressure is a widespread occurrence that causes water problems in many homes. As the soil in the ground becomes saturated with water, it expands and puts massive amounts of pressure against your basement walls. The pressure can cause water to seep through any cracks in your basement walls or floor.
Symptom: The Clay Bowl Effect
When your home was built, the soil was excavated and placed back into the ground around your foundation. As it’s put back into the ground, it is weaker than before excavation and not as tightly packed as the undisturbed soil outside the excavation area. This causes any water in the soil to saturate the excavated soil and put pressure on your foundation walls.
Protect your home from a basement flood today
At Vesta Foundation Solutions, we offer products to help solve some of these problems.
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- Sump pumps
- Waterproof wall and floor products
- Wall and floor crack repairs
- Water heater flood protection
Our installations include a written, transferable warranty that will provide you with long-lasting peace of mind.
If you have ever had a flood in your basement or are concerned about one, the local experts at Vesta Foundation Solutions are here to help with the basement flood prevention solutions you need! We provide complete basement waterproofing services, and our experts will help you identify the best solutions for your home.
Call us today at (405) 213-0492 or contact us online to learn more and get started with a free inspection! We proudly serve all of Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas.