Having a wet basement is really a troublesome situation for homeowners. It not only causes stress among homeowners, but also reduces the worth of the property. Signs that indicate moisture penetration in the underground room are damp spots on internal walls, peeling paint on cellar walls & floor, mould, mildew, fungus, musty odour, corrosion and rusting.
Prior to implementing a solution, homeowners should need to identify the main cause of the issue, as it is nearly impossible to solve this issue without identifying the root cause.
Here are some general causes of wet basement:
Generally, leaky roofs are responsible for moisture accumulation in the underground room. Also, blockages and clogs in downspouts and sewers move the water to flow towards the substructure. Clogged drain pipes and plumbing leaks also lead to water logging in the underground room.
Hydrostatic pressure pushes water from the encompassing soil to seep through the pores in concrete walls or floor.
Cracks in basement floor and walls are formed because of different causes, such as shrinkage, expansion, settling, hydrostatic pressure, etc. Rainwater and melting snow water seep into the ground, resulting in the soil around the house to expand and force a huge amount of pressure on foundation walls and floor. That excessive pressure results in the formation of cracks on walls and floor that eventually allow water, moisture and gases to enter the underground room.
Regardless of the causes, the most convenient and effective way to fix the above mentioned problem, its causes and impacts is basement waterproofing. Besides waterproofing, crack repair is also an effective technique to put a stop to basement leaks.