How to Effectively Control Wet Basement Seepage

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If you want to control wet basement seepage, there are many choices, but there is only one way to stop it from ending up on your basement floor. We are going to tell you how.

Basement Floor Seepage

What Causes Basement Seepage?

Basement seepage is not an accident; it is a natural occurrence produced by the erosive properties of groundwater. No one can permanently stop groundwater in its attempt to enter your basement. Water always finds a way in. If we cannot stop it, then what is the solution to creating a dry basement?

Microscopic water molecules carry all kinds of minerals and elements that breakdown concrete. Water will squeeze its way through the cold joint between your wall and floor, through a wall or floor cracks, and along a stairway leading to the basement.

Cold joints are made when they construct a home. A wet cement wall is poured on a dry cement footer. Basement seepage usually starts from the cold joint.

Temporary Solutions to Delay Seepage

Basement seepage will eventually happen, filling basements from puddles to knee-deep and anywhere in between. Waterproof paint and Drylock cement are temporary fixes. They will buy you time, but chances are groundwater will be redirected to find another way in or overwhelm your DIY patch. Three months to six months later, you will find a leak in the same spot. Water wins every time.

Permanent Solution to Keep Basement Dry

The one true solution that wins time and time again is an adequately installed basement drainage system with a sump pump to discharge water. Nature is relentless and lacks prejudice. Your basement is taking on water because the ground in your area perks more groundwater than in other places.

Another way of putting it; the forces of nature created a roadway to go around and underneath your house. Your house is literally blocking this roadway.

The best way to keep water from ever entering your home is by building a roadway that can be more easily traveled: a drainage system. We use a combination of pitched 4″ pipe, deep below your floor, several hundred pounds of wash stones, a flow channel along the walls, a vapor barrier, and a proprietary waterproof concrete mix called SuperCrete.

Finally, the drainage pipes, 10 to 12 inches below your floor, are pitched to a sump basket with a 3/4 horsepower sump pump inside. A discharge pipe made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) sends collected water from the sump pump out and away from your house into a dry well or city sewer system.

If you help groundwater maintain its course, it will stay out of your way.

Learn More! Get more information about safeguarding your basement from water seepage by reading our page: FRENCH DRAIN INSTALLATION?

Call 888-748-2002 to schedule a free appointment with American Dry Basement Systems today!

What are Basement Engineering Tabs?

Basements should have engineering tabs made during basement waterproofing for a strong foundation. Leaving sections of your floor on the footer is vital.

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Wet Basement Problem: False Water Table

A false water table is the primary cause of wet basements, deteriorating foundation walls, and cracking floors. It is “false” because it is temporary.


6 Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding

Basement flooding usually occurs when groundwater finds the path of least resistance. There are six things you can do to prevent flooding inside your basement.

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What is a Monolithic Slab Foundation?

A monolithic slab foundation is created by pouring a single layer of concrete to form a slab and footing. The construction process is faster and low cost.

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