If you have a soggy basement, you're not alone. The American
Society of Home Inspectors, estimates 60 percent of U.S. homes have wet basements, and 38 percent run the risk of basement mold.
The water most often comes from rainfall and melting snow. A
typical 2000 square foot roof can produce almost 1250 gallons of water during just 1 inch of rainfall.
Some possible causes of a wet basement
A) Roof run
1) No gutters present
2) If gutters are present maybe they are clogged
3) Not having the proper length of downspout to take the
away from the house
4) Not having the proper landscaping around the foundation
Things to take a look at to make sure you do not run into
this issue make sure you have gutters on your house. If you have gutters on your house check them every spring to make sure that they are not clogged. Also check to make sure downspouts is taking the
water far enough away from the foundation. The last
thing to look at is to make sure landscaping has the proper slope to take water away
from the foundation.
B) Rising water table/runoff
1) If house is built on a down slope foundation may
act like a dam this increasing the likelihood of water seeping in to the basement.
2) Water table or ground water rises this may cause
water to seep in through the cracks of the foundation and or the basement floor.
3) House is close to river or creek that may
First if your house is built on a down slope you may need to
call a professional landscaper to figure out what you can do to reroute the water away from the foundation. If the ground water is the issue
you may need to look into sealing the cracks in the foundation and basement floor to try and prevent seepage. If your property is close
to a river or creek and you notice that the water level is rising one should take that appropriate steps to protect your property from getting flooded.
C) Sump pumps or
drain tile failure
1) Sump pump can not keep up with the amount of water that
coming into the pit.
2) Sump pump not working properly or at all.
3) Drain tile is clogged causing a build up of water around the
If you notice your sump pump is running properly but is not
keeping up with the amount of water that is coming in the pit you may want to look at getting a bigger sump pump. If the sump pump is not working at all replace it immediately to resolve the
issue. If you suspect it is the drain tile that’s the problem, you will have to call a professional to take a look at the issue and how it maybe
Signs that you may have a wet basement are wet walls and or
carpet. If you do find that you have had water intrusion in your basement you will want to notify a professional right away. The importance of calling a professional right away is to prevent mold growth which can start in as little as 48 to 72 hours.
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