Stop Water Seepage in Your Greater Milwaukee Home
Basements are notorious for being damp, musty, or even moldy. However, with the proper preventative measures in place, you can keep your basement dry and livable, making it an excellent place for extra living space. Everdry Waterproofing provides services to 11 counties in and around the Milwaukee Metro area. For over 30 years, our patented solutions and personal approach to service has set us apart in the industry. We provide customized solutions for every customer, beginning with a free, no-obligation consultation. Not to mention, every basement waterproofing service we perform is backed by a lifetime transferrable warranty. Call our team today to learn more!
What is Water Seepage?
Water seepage is the movement of water through the foundation, typically via cracks of the very porous concrete used as the foundations of homes. This often occurs after heavy rainfall and the annual winter thaw. When it rains, groundwater levels rise and inundates the topsoil surrounding homes. Those pores and cracks then allow water to penetrate and eventually leads to moisture in the walls and on the floor.
Common Signs of Water Seepage
The best way to prevent significant water damage resulting from seepage into your home is to call a professional as soon as you notice any signs of water in the wall. Addressing the issue right away will save you the hassle and cost of significant repairs. Keep your eyes out for any of the following signs:
Unpleasant Odors: Does your basement have a musty smell or feel more humid than usual? This is likely a sign that moisture has found a way into your home through the basement walls.
Damage to Basement Walls: The best way to catch the problem early is to look towards the walls. The signs may seem insignificant, but the damage is being done as the water passes through. Damp spots or discoloration of the uniformly gray walls, cracking, especially in the mortar joints between blocks, bricks, and stones, white powder called “efflorescence”, and obviously mold are all signs that water has penetrated the foundation.
Rust on Appliances: Metal only rusts when there is moisture present. If the appliances in your basement begin to show signs of rust, you must have a moisture issue.
Visible Moisture: The most common sign of water seepage is visible moisture, like trails of water on basement walls or a pool of water on the floor. This problem will require the attention of a professional right away.
What Causes Water Seepage?
There is no single cause for water seepage. A variety of factors can contribute to water seeping into your home, and the only way to fix the problem is to accurately identify the cause. The team at Everdry Waterproofing is here to help you diagnose the cause of your water seepage, provide solutions to fix it, and prevent it from happening again. Any of the following could cause your water seepage problem:
Window Wells: If your basement has windows, you’re at risk for water seepage. Window wells placed in the ground can collect water during storms, allowing it to get inside your home.
Drain Pipe System: When working properly, a drain pipe collects water, and a sump pump pushes it away from your home. These pipes can become clogged, preventing this process, which results in water in your basement.
Landscaping: Landscaping that isn’t graded correctly will cause rainwater to pool around your home. This standing water will eventually find its way in through basement walls.
Lateral Pressure: As soil absorbs rainwater and eventually freezes come winter, it expands, putting pressure on the outside of your basement walls. This can eventually cause your walls to crack and water to seep in.
Hydrostatic Pressure: During heavy storms, the groundwater level rises, flowing upward. This upward flow creates pressure under your foundation and can force water through cracks in your basement floor.
How Can I Prevent Water Seepage?
The prevention of water seepage begins with routine home maintenance and vigilance. Keep your gutters clean and free of debris so water doesn’t collect. Make sure the downspouts extend far enough away from your home to prevent pooling around the foundation. You should also check your sump pump to ensure it’s working and even consider installing a back-up system. Finally, make sure the landscaping around your home is graded to promote water flow away from the home’s foundation instead of toward it.
We Offer Several Waterproofing Options
The experts at Everdry Waterproofing know the best methods to prevent water from leaking into your basement. Once we determine the cause of your water seepage, we will develop a plan to fix the problem by using our exterior system, interior system, or a combination multi-step system. Our solutions are comprehensive, safeguarding your home from all water-related issues. You can count on us to develop the right solution for your needs. Contact us today to schedule an in-home inspection.