One of the more unsettling things any home or business owner can come across, is water in their basement.
This is particularly nerve-wrecking when you may come across it for the first time.
If you have ever had this happen to you, you know exactly what I am referring to.
You innocently head downstairs to change out the laundry, check the furnace, etc. when you see a tiny puddle of water.
Upon further inspection, you notice it is coming from the wall
You then think to yourself, “Uh-oh, this isn’t good.”
You may have lived in your home for decades, never had water in the basement before, and all of a sudden you come across this situation.
You may have just bought a house and from the moment you bought it, it seems like every time it sprinkles, you get water in the basement.
Whatever the case may be, whenever water coming into the basement is noticed, the faster you can neutralize the root of the problem, the better off you will be.
By addressing things as soon as possible, you certainly lessen the chances of mold growth and you will just be able to plain sleep easier at night.
One thing is for sure, if you ever go to put the property on the market to sell, there are few things that chase away potential buyers faster than once they know the basement is susceptible to taking on water.
So then, where the heck is this water coming from??
There are quite a number of potential answers to this question.
Here are a few…
A leaky bulkheadWater leaching in from a window or door opening
An extremely porously passive foundation that easily allows water to seep through
A higher water table that gets raised during a specific rain event and causes water to come up through the floor
A leaky roof (Yes! Water can leak in from the roof and make its way all the way to the basement!!)
A leaking pipe
These are just a snapshot of some of the possibilities that we come across most often.
There are always more rare reasons too.
Since 1995 we have been scratching our heads with home & business owners, working to figure out why water is getting in basements and the solutions of how to stop this from happening.
Although not always easy to discover and rectify, the sense of relief that accompanies the accomplishment of doing so, really cannot be put into words – though if you have been fortunate enough to make it to the other side of one of these circumstances, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about!
If you or someone you know is having a challenge with water in their basement that they would like an outside opinion on, please feel free to reach out to our office and we will be happy to have a conversation with you about it.