Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Fight Basement Leaks: Repel Water and Keep Your Home's Foundation Strong

March 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

Have you ever filled a 5 gallon bucket with water. Maybe even two buckets. When you tried to carry it, what did you notice? Probably that water is pretty darn heavy. During a heavy rain storm or when there is a big snow fall, the ground around your home becomes saturated with thousands of pounds of water. That's not a typo...water really is that heavy.

And, all that water gets absorbed by the soil, sometimes poorly in the case of the deepr soil where clays lay, and begin to cause the ground to expand. This puts pressure on your foundation and basement walls and floor...more on that later.

Can your home withstand this major onslaught of pressure? Yes, for the first year. But, shortly thereafter the pressure becomes unbearable for the foundation. And, that's when the cracks start...

See, water is heavy and it only gets heavier, exponentially heavier when it's mixed with what's called "hardpan clay." This is a type of clay soil that's common in most areas of the Unites States. Clay does a great job of sucking up all the water it can, but, it does an equally horrible job of allowing that water to penetrate and filter down. This is the beginning of the end of your basement walls.

Way back when they started to build your home the problems started. They dug a huge hole, made your basement, then put the dirt back. But, there's a great chance that they didn't make all the soil as compact as possible. This lead to clay soil being mixed in much higher than it normally would. Plus, it created small pockets of air. Those pockets fill up fast with water and the nightmare begins.

The soil gets fully of heavy water, it becomes heavier. It expands. The newly expanded soil puts pressure on your foundation walls and viola...your basement begins to crack, spring leaks and fall apart.

How does one fix such a dire situation.

For most, a basement waterproofing system needs to be put in place. Now, we're not talking about one of those cheap, do it yourself waterproofing paints you buy at the hardware store. No, those do close to nothing to protect your home.

A basement waterproofing system is done by a professional. They dig around your home and put in a "sub footer drainage pipe." This means that water that would normally be trapped in your basement walls or against the walls is taken away by the underground drain.

Often, braces or beams are installed on the outer walls to keep them strong.

Then, the soil is made to be compact, eliminating the air pockets and reducing the stress on the walls. This is how you fight leaks, end basement flooding and keep your basement walls and floor strong and secure!

To get a FREE Estimate on Basement Waterproofing DE and Basement Waterproofing page.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Fight Basement Leaks


Basement Waterproofing System

There is different types of locksmiths available to install, maintain and repair locks and keys. Here in this article, we are going to discuss four major types of professional locksmiths. The most

By: jamescor l Home Improvement > Security l April 03, 2013 lViews: 563

Another point to note is that the leather sofas can come both in contemporary and traditional designs. Indeed, the traditional Chesterfield sofa. Another point to note is that the leather sofas can

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Furniture l December 23, 2012 lViews: 260

A bathroom is not simply a room in the house for you to bathe, get dressed and do the usual necessities. Today, the bathroom is where you unwind and relax from all the anxiety of the day. For this

By: jhon ford l Home Improvement > Bath and Shower l December 23, 2012 lViews: 274

These bathroom designers know and understand your requirements and have the power to convert your imagination into reality. These bathroom designers know and understand your requirements and have the

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Bath and Shower l December 23, 2012 lViews: 1189

Having the baby furniture ready before your baby comes is not only practical but makes the choosing and designing of the baby’s room fun. The reason for this is that you can take a longer time in

By: Leanne Smith l Home Improvement > Furniture l December 14, 2012 lViews: 284

With a team of professionals around, you don’t need to worry about the health of the carpet. A Professional carpet Melbourne Company refrains from using harmful chemicals to accomplish their task.

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Cleaning Tips and Tools l December 12, 2012 lViews: 445

method employed for face-lifting faded, cracked, and old surfaces. The method also known as spray on concrete is effective against all types of surface imperfections and economical too. Over the few

By: Terry Harrl Home Improvement > Foundationl April 18, 2012 lViews: 213

If you suspect you have mold issues in your basement, get experienced mold inspectors to perform mold tests so that you know the full extent of the situation. Once you know what the problem is, you

By: Penny Q Jonesl Home Improvement > Foundationl April 17, 2012 lViews: 188

Over time, all asphalt cracks and develops potholes due to wear and tear as well as exposure to the elements. Follow these tips on how to repair your asphalt today!

By: James Huddlesonl Home Improvement > Foundationl April 12, 2012 lViews: 177

Water issues in basements are as old as the structures themselves. It is important to find a quality basement waterproofing contractor to solve the problem once and for all.

By: Jeannie Fei Patel Home Improvement > Foundationl April 03, 2012 lViews: 242

If every rainstorm leads to puddles in your basement, or if the room feels damp and humid year-round, it's time to look into basement waterproofing. Depending on how your building is constructed and

By: Penny Q Jonesl Home Improvement > Foundationl April 03, 2012 lViews: 184

You might not have previously considered waterproofing your personal basement. Still it may be a smart idea to start considering it now. You might not find any kind of problems throughout the hot

By: Kim Dudkal Home Improvement > Foundationl March 30, 2012 lViews: 302

Major home improvement projects can be a big investment. Hiring a contractor for these projects can be scary...stories of scam artists and rip offs are everywhere. Here are 6 ways to avoid being

By: Steve Morrisl Home Improvement > Remodelingl April 04, 2012 lViews: 134

Have you noticed cracks or leaks in your basement walls or floor? If so you need to fix the problem asap. Cracks are a sign of extensive damage beneath the surface; basement waterproofing can help.

By: Steve Morrisl Home Improvement > Foundationl February 10, 2012 lViews: 180

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus