13 Dec 2016

Basement Leak

More homeowners are discovering the benefits of finished basements. These spaces are helping homeowners increase the square footage of their homes without having to invest in the construction of extensions or new buildings.

However, even finished basements aren’t exempt from water damage. A basement leak in a finished space can result in the damage of your property, which can be a great loss. It can also be more difficult to identify the exact location of the leak.

If you suspect that you have a basement leak, don’t panic. You should instead focus on finding and preventing the leak from causing more havoc.

  1. Inspect the outside of the foundation

One of the easiest ways of identifying a leak is by looking on the outside of the foundation wall. Cracks often start on the outside and make their way to the inner surface of the wall where they allow water into the basement.

Cracks aren’t uncommon in foundations. Many times, small hairline cracks form on foundation walls as a result of the settling of the foundation. These cracks however, can grow as a result of lateral pressure on the foundation wall and result in water seepage.

Don’t attempt to repair cracks on your own. The cause of the cracks should be investigated further. Only when the underlying cause of the cracks is determined and addressed can you be assured of not having to deal with water seepage as a result of the cracks.

  1. Check your window wells

Egress windows are a common site for leaks in finished basements. An examination of the windows for signs of leakage, such as water stains, rotting or mold growth on and around the window. If your window is below grade, look for pools of water near the window frame.

Leakages in windows often result from mistakes made during the installation of the windows. They can also occur as a result of wear and tear. Be sure to have a waterproofing expert inspect your windows and determine the best solution for dealing with the leak.

  1. Inspect your sump pump

Waterproofing is an important step in finishing a basement. Many homeowners ensure that they have waterproofing membranes installed, a French drain laid out and a sump pump installed to remove excess water. If your sump pump fails, you will experience water damage in your basement. It is therefore important to inspect and maintain your sump pump regularly to avoid a basement leak.

Don’t ignore leaks in your basement. Be proactive and protect your investment by keeping an eye out for and addressing leaks when they occur. Contact us today for more help!