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Some Not So Obvious Sources of Basement Seepage

Some Not So Obvious Sources of Basement Seepage

Basement Seepage

Ever wondered why your basement is always wet and damp even though you have done your best to ensure no pipes are leaking anywhere in your home? You’ve taken measures to ensure rain water and ground run‐offs don’t get anywhere near your basement but still, signs of wetness are everywhere in your basement?

This is something that often puzzles many homeowners who just can seem to figure out where all that moisture that is supporting rot and mold growth in their basement is coming from. Well, if you didn’t know, there are other sources of basement wetness other than the obvious that lark around your home which often cause basement moisture problems that range from mild to severe. Here are two of the sources.

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Underground Water

Water from deep within the ground can sometimes find its way into your basement. This happens when the water table rises to the level of the basement and forces of nature cause it to seep into the basement.

When underground water under hydrostatic pressure causes basement seepage, several underlying issues may be to blame. One of them may be cracks in the foundation that either developed during curing when it was laid, or formed later on following some kind of pressure from earth tremors and other sources.

Look for cracks on the floor and walls of your basement, and if they are there, get them fixed. If no cracks are there and yet all the signs of basement seepage are evident, then there may be a problem with how your basement was tanked or waterproofed. Here you will have to call in the experts to get to the bottom of that problem.

Condensation

Air is the other not so obvious source of basement wetness. Air contains little drops of water in an observable fact known as humidity. The levels of humidity vary from time to time and place to place. When the levels are too high, the droplets will condense on a cool surface such as that of the basement walls. Little by little the drops will grow and run down the wall, collecting into even bigger drops, and before you know it, there is a whole pool of wetness on your basement floor.

Reduction of humidity in the air when it is too high is the only way that you can curb this source of dampness in the basement. An installed dehumidifier works great at keeping this not so obvious source of basement water problem in check.