Wet Basement Solutions

Wet Basement Solutions

Having a wet basement can be a very stressful and very frustrating experience. Knowing what causes a wet basement and what you can do to prevent getting a wet basement can save you time, money and a headache!

First, you need to know causes of a wet basement. Some causes include:

  • Crack in the foundation floor
  • Crack in the foundation wall
  • Surface water running down foundation walls
  • Groundwater in water-saturated soils being pushed into the basement by hydrostatic pressure
  • Storm sewer water from the municipal storm sewer system backing up into the home’s existing perimeter foundation drain and leaking into the basement (this can only occur if the perimeter foundation drain system is connected to the municipal sewer system)
  • Sanitary sewer water from a combined municipal storm/sanitary sewer system backing up into the home’s drain system, causing sewer water to come up through sink drains and floor drains on lower levels

While it isn’t always necessary, it can prove to be a wise investment for many homeowners to purchase a sump pump. Sump pumps don’t stop water from coming in but in the event water does come into your basement (flooding), sump pumps kick on and start removing it. This will prevent wet basements from turning into flooded basements.

If you already have a sump pump or feel you don’t need one, you need to find possible sources and fix them. If you have a crack in your foundation wall or floor, you need to fix the cracks and then seal them. Basement Self Solve offers a wide variety of foundation wall crack repair kits, foundation floor crack repair kits and foundation sealants.

Now, if you already have basement flooding or are experiencing a wet basement caused by sewer water, you need to call a professional. Many foundation repair companies offer free estimates. Your basement is the foundation for your home and it needs to be protected! Take wet basements very seriously.

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