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Eight Ways Water can Enter Your Basement

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Eight Ways

1. COVE AREA SEEPAGE:
This is the most common source of water intrusion. Usually, foundation walls, floors and footers are poured or built separately leaving a cold joint. Water seeps in through this (joint) because it is the most vulnerable joint in the foundation.

2. WALL SEEPAGE: Cement walls, poured or block, expand and contract causing the dried exterior parging to crack. The porosity of the now exposed concrete allows water to be absorbed through the walls, filling blocks and penetrating poured concrete.

3. MASONRY FLOOR CRACKS: As the ground around your home becomes saturated with rain, the accumulated water exudes hydrostatic pressure beneath your basement floor. As the water table continues to rise and water pressure increases, weak points in the concrete floor crack, allowing water to enter.

4. MASONRYWALL CRACKS: Rising water tables create pressure against your foundation walls as well. As the water table continues to rise, weak points in block or concrete walls crack, allowing water to enter.

5. BASEMENT STAIRWELL OVERFLOW: Rain water entering the stairwell drain is suppose to disperse underground, this is known as (perking). As water tables rise and the ground can hold no more water, the stairwell drain can fill and actually work in reverse, filling the stairwell with water and overflowing into your basement.

6. WINDOW WELL OVERFLOW:
Window wells work on the same premise as the stairwells, with no free disbursement of the water, an overflow through the window will occur.

7. BELOW GRADE FIREPLACE SEEPAGE: As in the case of cove seepage water can enter through the joints where the footer, wall and fire block meet. Fireplaces can also settle, pulling away from the house and allowing water to enter.

8. ANY THROUGH-THE-WALL UTILITY PIPING: Any man made opening through a sealed wall is a potential entry point for water. Caulks, sealant and matting eventually biodegrade and are doomed to fail over time.

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