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Causes of Water in Basements & Crawlspaces

HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE

Hydrostatic pressure is the force exerted by water against the soil surrounding your foundation. As it rains, water is absorbed into the soil and it exerts pressure against the foundation walls. The higher the amount of rainfall, the more likely it is to force water into your home.

IMPROPER GRADING & DRAINAGE SYSTEMS

Improper grading and poor drainage systems are two of the leading causes for the installation of basement waterproofing systems. The grade of the earth surrounding your home should always slope away, thus directing water away from the foundation of your home.

DAMAGED OR IMPROPERLY INSTALLED DOWNSPOUTS

Improperly maintained or installed downspouts can dump hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water directly against your foundation. Small leaks can easily become large ones! It is recommended that downspouts be extended an appropriate distance away from your home.

IMPROPERLY MAINTENED OR DAMAGED GUTTERS

Leaking or improperly maintained gutters can also result in significant volumes of water being delivered directly against your foundation. Homes and crawlspaces often fall victim to additional water intrusion due to this reason. We recommend that you clean your gutters every three months.

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