Basement Waterproofing are Best For
How to prevent Water in Basement
- Add Gutter Extensions
- Repair foundation cracks
- Waterproof the walls and foundations
- Remove the plants that are too close to your foundation
In the one-inch rain, 1,250 gallons of water fall on the roof of a 2,000-square foot house. Without proper grading, gutters, and downspouts, some of this water flows into the basement. The below- grade water table can also rise due to flooding or seasonal site condition. This is why drain pipe system is recommended around basement walls even in sandy or gravel soils.
Under normal conditions, the basement is designed to be dry (if somewhat damp/humid) space. In large part humidity is unavoidable because the concrete used to construct basements is a porous material and will allow water /moisture to pass through it at a very slow rate. New construction is designed to avoid serious free flowing water problems in many ways, including the provision of sump pumps, exterior basement coating, and extensive pipe drainage system surrounding the foundation. Generally, even these modern homes need to have a dehumidifier operating in these spaces to keep humidity levels within the recommend range. Generally, the recommended humidity level for basements is between 40% and 50%. If basement moisture is allowed to reach 60%, the basement will likely have a musty smell. Many older homes were constructed without benefit of these modern systems. Under the right circumstances (e.g., high grounded, poor exterior drainage, foundation cracking,etc.) this can result in serious moisture problems in the basements.
Common reasons water may penetrate a basement
- Poor outside grading
- Clogged or nonexistent drain fields
- Foundation cracks in masonry
- Structural cracks below grade
- Footer cracks
- High water table
- Hydrostatic pressure
- Blocked or improper downspouts
- Air pockets under slab
Basement Waterproofing Where to provide
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