Water over the top of the foundation
A homeowner may have water in their basement because it is getting inside over the top of the foundation. This can be caused from a variety of problems, including poor yard drainage, above-ground seepage, or because the soil grade is higher than the concrete foundation.
When a home is first being built, the top of the foundation should extend a couple of inches above ground level. However, as time goes on, and as homeowners start adding on other concrete surfaces or landscaping next to the foundation, it can cause water to seep in through brickwork or over the top of the foundation wall. More often than not, this is a problem that is going to need to be taken care of on the outside of the home rather than on the inside, since on the exterior is where the moisture is originating. Exterior waterproofing membranes may be needed, or the yard could be sloping directly down and into the foundation. This problem can also be easily taken care of by our team of certified waterproofing evaluators with the right yard grading tools and equipment.
When this moisture gets inside of the home, it will trickle down the basement walls. This can cause ugly staining, and it will ultimately result in water making its way down to the floor where it may form a puddle or damage whatever may be in its path. Also, this moisture in the basement, along with high humidity levels can result in the growth of black mold or mildew. This fungus has been known to cause a variety of health problems in individuals of all ages, including: asthma attacks, respiratory problems, skin irritation, breathing problems, headaches, fatigue, etc. Also, this mold can make a home smell very musty, and it will have a significant impact on its indoor air quality.
This moisture may also cause wooden support beams and floor joists to rot. This decaying, deteriorating wood will ultimately jeopardize the structural integrity of a home if left untreated for too long. We can provide homeowners with a variety of solutions to the problem, including exterior waterproofing systems and we can repair caulking, tuck pointing, or damaged roofing which may be resulting in the water getting in over the top of the foundation and causing a variety of serious problems in the home.