Water penetration into your home or building can wreak havoc. If water makes its way through a masonry foundation wall it can ultimately deteriorate it, reducing its strength allowing movement in the wall itself. Generally, this can be a long and drawn out process.
Your basement can get wet for a number of reasons, for example:
- cracks in masonry and basement foundation walls
- lot drainage / grading
- weeping tiles
- soil erosion or settlement around the foundation
- eavestrough and downspout neglect causing water to not evacuate
Flooding in the basement can also occur due to a blocked sewer drain, a sewer back-up from the street and sump pump failure. Removing / reducing surface water by ensuring, proper exterior lot grading, and, that eavestroughs and downspouts work properly and divert water at least 6 feet away from the home for example, may assist with water / moisture problems. Ground water on the other hand may require significant work such as water proofing the basement walls, sump pit and sump pump, drainage tiles, etc.
Many basements are known to have leaked at one time or another during their life span. It usually occurs on an intermittent basis, perhaps after a rain or as snow thaws. It may start soon after a rain or after longer heavier periods. Often water leaks are not a structural concern and can be controlled quite economically.