A common challenge that homeowners face is water in their basements. Not only is a wet basement a pain to clean up, but it can also ruin other parts of the room. It can damage the walls in your basement and leave stains on your floors, or even cause mold to grow if left untreated.
At AquaGuard, our team of experienced waterproofers can assess your basement’s situation and provide the best possible recommendations to keep it dry, permanently.
If you’d like a free quote for repairing basement water issues, including wall moisture or floor cracks, contact us by phone or e-mail today! We serve Marietta, Atlanta, Rome, Athens, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Carrollton, Peachtree City, and surrounding areas.
What Causes Basement Water Problems?
Here are the top causes of basement flooding in the Atlanta and Northern Georgia area.
A common cause for wet basements is water rising up through the basement floor through cracks.
These can be easily and effectively repaired with a proper perimeter drainage system and restoring the floor.
Plumbing failure is a common reason for house floods. This kind of damage can be extensive in walls, floors, and with everything stored within the flooded area. To prevent plumbing flood, there are a few different factors to look at that may need repair: failing washing machine hoses, alarm systems for sump pumps, or leaky water heater units.
Cracks are a common issue with poured concrete walls. As the concrete cures its volume shrinks, which can cause cracking over time. A great fix for wall cracks is to inject Polyurethane foam. It expands to fill the entire crack all the way through the wall to prevent future flooding.
Water Heater Flood
Water heater issues are one of the most common reasons for household flooding. When they rupture or burst, several gallons of water can pour out into your home very quickly. The FloodRing is an easy installation and great way to prevent these types of floods. A WaterWatch Floor Alarm is also available to give you a warning of any water detection.
Sump Pump Failure
A sump pump’s sole purpose is to pump out any water from outside your house before it even enters your basement. If sump pump failure occurs, your basement is in danger of flooding. Common reasons for sump pump failure include power outage, mechanical issues, or improper installation. We offer backup systems and alarms to make sure there is a plan B in place if your sump pump fails.
The Clay Bowl Effect
Imagine the construction of your home. The contractors began by digging a hole in the ground, one a little larger than the space your home needed, to make room for your foundation. The foundation was then built inside this space, and the concrete floor was poured.
After your home’s foundation was built, some of the excavated soil was used to fill in the gap around the outer edge of your foundation. This “backfill” soil became loose and fluffed from the excavation while the untouched “virgin” soil now surrounding it may have been settling for hundreds of years.
What does this mean for you and your foundation? The backfilled soil surrounding your foundation will always be looser and more absorbent of water than the dense, hard-packed virgin soil around it. This forms a sort of clay bowl around your house—one that creates an artificial water table around your home. High water tables can exert a significant amount of hydrostatic pressure on your foundation walls.
Water is heavy! As the soil around your home becomes soaked with moisture, the soil expands, and the weight of the water begins to press on your foundation. This is known as hydrostatic pressure.
As hydrostatic pressure builds against your foundation, water will work its way into your basement or crawl space in any way possible. Water can make its way through concrete cracks in the walls or floors, through openings around pipes, through basement windows, or even directly through the porous concrete. If you have block walls, water may pass through the block and begin to fill the open cavities inside your walls. The most common way that water enters a home is through the foundation wall-floor joint. We find that most flooded basements start with a leak here, where the floor and wall meet.
Call AquaGuard for Basement Waterproofing in Atlanta
A single house could have one or several of these issues, and some are easier to spot than others. If you think your home may be experiencing any of these issues, it is important to get them addressed immediately before it becomes worse. Our experts at AquaGuard are happy to come out and take a look to address any current or potential issues your home’s foundation may have.
To learn more about the services we provide to waterproof your basement, call or e-mail us today for a no-obligation, free basement waterproofing evaluation!