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Common Causes of Wet Basements

Cracking Wet Basement

Nothing puts a damper on a home owners spirits (no pun intended) than coming home to a wet basement, especially if the lower level of your home is a livable, finished space. Any kind of moisture in a basement can ruin carpeting, damage drywall, and even saturate your framework. Sadly, soggy basements are a pretty common occurrence. According to a study conducted by the American Society of Home Inspectors, an estimated 60 percent of U.S. homes have had or will have a wet basement. So what can you do to protect your home and dry up a wet basement? The following are a few simple tips  to help you rectify some of the common causes of wet basements from the basement repair contractors here at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors .

Keep Condensation at Bay

Condensation, or sweating as it's commonly referred to, happens when moist air hits cool foundation walls or uninsulated cold water pipes. This can cause carpets to become damp, appliances to rust, and the atmosphere of your basement to be clammy and uninviting. Luckily, a wet basement due to condensation is relatively easy to fix. First, air out your basement by opening the windows and running fans. You may want to consider purchasing a dehumidifier as well. A dehumidifier can help reduce the moisture level of your basement by 10 to 20 percent, keeping your basement nice and dry.

Beware of Rain Runoff

Runoff can find its way into a basement when rainwater or melted snow isn't routed away from the sides of your home properly. This is the most common cause of wet basements and the number one reason for wet basement repairs. In order to stop runoff from seeping into your basement, our basement repair contractors recommend patching any cracks in the foundation and sealing basement walls. BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors offer a wide variety of proven basement waterproofing products that are designed to keep runoff at bay. Our basement waterproofing methods address both the internal issues as well as the external entry points, to ensure that your basement is fully protected.

Suffer from Constant Water Problems?

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French drain installed to drain the water away from the house and designed to work with the clients’ landscape)

Runoff problems usually only occur after a heavy rainfall. If your basement is consistently wet long after a storm has passed through, you may be dealing with high ground water issues. If you find your basement is always wet, check with your city or town to see if the water table is unusually high in your area. Drying solutions for this wet basement problem can be complex, so it's best to call in an expert. The basement repair contractors at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors can suggest a number of basement waterproofing methods including polyurethane and epoxy crack injections from inside for those hard to reach area's, sump pump system, or perimeter drains.   

Exterior repair is usually the best option.

Clean Out Your Gutters

It's hard to believe, but faulty or clogged gutters on the roof of your home can actually contribute to water issues in the basement of your property. If your gutters aren't draining properly through your downspouts and away from your home, it could be ending up in your basement. Our basement repair contractors recommend checking to make sure that your downspouts drain a minimum of four feet away from the house, preferably onto splash blocks.

Severe Cases Call for a Professional

If water is flowing into your basement at an alarming rate, don't wait to call for help. A professional waterproofing expert will be able to find the root of your wet basement issues quickly and efficiently, possibly saving you thousands of dollars in repairs and renovations. Contact BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors at 519-438-6565.