If you have a basement in your home, then you likely use it to store old and out-of-season possessions. If your basement is suffering from leaky walls, your possessions and the wooden structure of your basement can be damaged or destroyed by the water. At Peak Structural, we know how to repair your leaky basement by waterproofing the area.
What Causes Leaky Basement Walls
When it comes to leaky walls in your basement, there are various causes as to why the leaks are occurring. Hydrostatic pressure is a phenomenon that happens when water in the soil surrounding the basement starts to push against the walls of the basement, leading to leaking cracks. These cracks will then begin to leak, where it’ll eventually pool in your basement.
Another type of damaging phenomenon, the clay bowl effect, occurs when the soil that was excavated during the basement construction process is added back around the foundation. Eventually, this soil will become compacted where it will form an empty “bowl” around the basement. Water will mix with the “bowl,” and will begin to press against your foundation, creating cracks across your basement’s walls where water can easily seep in.
If your foundation has faulty drainage, then leaks in your basement walls are likely to occur. Vital when it comes to preventing cracks, your foundation’s drainage system should be functioning properly. A properly working foundation drainage system also helps minimize hydrostatic pressure, further protecting your home against leaky basement walls. You may not be able to tell what exactly is causing your basement leaks without having a professional take look, which is why it is so important to hire a professional basement waterproofing company.
The Risks of Leaky Basement Walls
Leaking walls in your home’s basement can lead to a multitude of issues that can cost you greatly in the long run. Below, we’ll go over some common signs you should be aware of.
In Colorado, the climate is quite dry; however, that doesn’t mean there will be no moisture inside your home’s basement. If you notice water droplets gathering your basement, then you likely have a moisture problem somewhere in the basement. This could be caused by leaks coming from your walls, a leaking water heater, or a damaged dehumidifier. Condensation in your basement can lead to mold growth, excess moisture levels, and can even begin to affect the temperature and humidity in the living spaces of your home. Increased temperature and humidity levels can affect the cost of your home’s electricity bill.
Often confused with mold, efflorescence appears as white patches that commonly form on concrete, such as your basement’s concrete walls or floor. It is a deposit of mineral salts that is typically caused by hydrostatic pressure. Once moisture enters your basement, it leaves mineral salts on the concrete, creating the look that your concrete is coated in white powder. If you notice that you have efflorescence on the concrete walls of your basement, then water is likely to be the problem. Ensuring that your basement is dry and properly waterproofed is the most effective way to prevent this problem from occurring.
If you have wet floors in your basement, then you likely have a leak somewhere. Wet floors can cause water damage to anything on your basement floor, such as boxes of clothes and old photo books, meaning you may lose some precious memories. In addition to damaged possessions and structures in your basement, the wet floors in your basement can cause you or anyone that enters your basement to slip and fall. This can lead to costly accidents, making your home a dangerous liability. Standing water on the floor in your basement also leads to excess humidity that will eventually spread throughout the rest of your home.
It can be difficult to tell exactly where a leak is coming from. Identifying if a leak is coming from a plumbing or foundation problem typically involves investigating your home’s plumbing and looking for leaks. If you or a plumber do the repairs and you still see a wet or flooded basement or crawl space, it’s likely the problem lies with your foundation. The experts at Peak Structural offer free inspections to do this type of investigation for you. We understand just how tricky it is to find the source of a water leak and offer a free inspection for just this reason.
Yes, even small leaks inside your home’s basement can lead to big problems. Any excess water that gets into your basement can lead to mold growth, ruined personal belongings, and abnormal levels of humidity throughout your home. So, minor cracks should be treated the same as larger leaks or even flooding.
No, we do not recommend that you attempt to treat the problem yourself, as there could be a multitude of reasons as to why your basement walls are leaking. Hiring a professional foundation services or basement waterproofing company is your best bet at fixing the problem.
Call Us for A Free Inspection
If you are experiencing any signs of water in your basement, especially leaky basement walls, they need to be properly fixed. At Peak, our team is trained to identify, solve, and repair basement water issues in your home. If your basement is not waterproof, you can trust that we’ll do the job the right way. If you suspect any excess moisture in your basement, contact us. We proudly serve areas around Denver and Colorado Springs, so we’re familiar with the expansive soils and dry climate of the area. We also conduct free inspections at no obligation to you, ensuring that you have a problem before any work is performed.