Your home is an every changing structure. It ages, it deteriorates, it settles, it shifts. Water suddenly coming into a basement where the was once none is not uncommon. As a Real Estate Broker we receive lots of calls of worries that possibly the seller was not forth coming with this imminent problem. That might NOT always be the case. Other factors can cause a basement to get wet.T here are a number of reasons that your basement could be leaking, some of them actually have NOTHING to do with your actual basement. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your basement could be leaking and the possible remedies for each.
I will preface this with the disclaimer that I am NOT a basement expert and you should see the advice of an expert should you want a professionals takes and advice on this matter.
- Lack of Drainage
- Clogged Gutters
- Clogged Sewers
- Leaky Window Seals
So how can you correct possible issues?
Design landscaping correctly. “Being that the basement is below ground, go outside to see if the earth is sloped away from the foundation wall,” says Diane Slovak of Innovative Concepts. “If it’s done properly then you’re in great shape. Otherwise, you’re going to have to take up your shrubs and make corrections.”
Make sure surrounding soil is pitched away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so that water drains toward your yard, not your foundation. Simply add soil, raking it smooth, until the grade is highest at the house’s perimeter. Don’t overwater the ground during landscaping.
Make sure the water is being directed away from your home. If you basement has leaked you know the problem area to focus on rerouting the water from.
Make sure the perimeter drain is protected from damage and clogging by surrounding it with gravel fill. In addition, use a pipe that has an integrated filter sock to keep out silt and clay soils.
Gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool and drain in areas that may pool and cause water seepage into the basement. Make sure your gutters are clean so the water can flow freely and drain as designed, away from your foundation.
Leaky Window Seals. Check all window wells and window seals for the possibility that they have openings needing to be sealed or calked.