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5 Top Causes of a Wet Basement in Columbia MD

From St. Louis to Rolla and Eastern parts of Oklahoma, the problem of flooding has become more devastating. More homeowners are being forced to deal with wet basement problems. Not only is this frustrating but the repercussions can be devastating.

From St. Louis to Rolla and Eastern parts of Oklahoma, the problem of flooding has become more devastating. More homeowners are being forced to deal with wet basement problems. Not only is this frustrating but the repercussions can be devastating.

  • Condensation

    Most basements have windows or vents and these allow in warm air. With time, this air will condense and lead to sweating either on the walls or non-insulated piping. Your carpets will get damp and your piping will start rusting, leading to more moisture problems and high humidity levels.

  • Foundation Damage

    This is not only an obvious problem, but it is also one of the most devastating. Bowing, bulging and cracked foundation walls are a major culprit in allowing water leakage into your basement. When not repaired promptly, these problems exacerbate to a point of requiring major structural support for the foundation.

  • Rain and Surface Water

    According to CFA, one-inch rainfall contributes to 1,250 gallons of water on a 2,000 square foot structure. Well, this is a lot of water and when it falls to the surface, there will be an issue if it is not drained away from the basement walls. If the soil around the walls becomes saturated, there will be a lot of lateral pressure which will lead to a wet basement.

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  • Sub-surface Water

    In low lying areas the water level is high. When it floods, the water level rises and a lot of hydrostatic pressure is experienced which eventually leads to water seeping through the floor. This problem is hardly noticed especially when you have a carpet on your basement floor.

  • Inadequate Grading

    Most homeowners don’t want to tamper with their landscaping because they have put in a lot of time working on it. However, if it is poorly graded your foundation will service as a trap for surface water which will eventually seep through cracks into the basement.

There are many other causes of a wet basement including clogged gutters and drain tiles, tree roots and failing weeping tiles, and sump pumps. Your contractor will diagnose the problem and recommend different techniques such as sump pump installation, external and interior waterproofing, proper grading and foundation cracks repair among others.