Recent weather patterns in the Kansas City area have been exceedingly wet. The rain has saturated the soil and caused flooding in low-lying areas. Incidents of foundation damage and water seeping into basements and crawl spaces are on the rise as more and more rain falls.
With so many families spending significantly more time at home due to COVID-19, water and moisture in the home are real health hazards. Tackling foundation issues now rather than later is best for the home and the family. KC Waterproofing is offering the best in foundation repair and basement waterproofing with a free consultation and estimate.
Sources of Water in the Basement and Crawl Space
1. Under the Footer
A common practice in the construction industry is to leave a small space between the footer and the poured foundation floor. Excess water can build up and create pressure, causing water to seep in through this crack. This condition can cause damage to the inside of the home and make the basement space unusable for living space or storage.
2. Cracks in the Foundation Walls or Mortar Joints
Excess moisture in the soil around the basement walls can build up and create pressure, which can cause cracks in the foundation and allow water to seep in. This seeping water may not be visible until it builds up inside the concrete block walls of the basement. Excessive moisture may cause mold, mildew, and other problems. Water seeping out of the bottom of the wall might also be visible.
3. Cracks in the Floor
Evidence that water is seeping through cracks in the floor includes pooling water in the floor, water stains or other discolorations on the floor, and efflorescence, which is a white or gray powdery residue of salt deposits that water leaves behind.
4. Windows and Window Wells
Window wells can fill with water during wet weather, seep out through leaks around the window opening, and flood the basement.
5. Over the Top of the Foundation
A heavy influx of water and improper foundation grading next to the home can allow water to get into the basement. Make sure gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, fully connected, and draining freely. Also, check the location of the discharge for the downspouts and the sump pump, as well as for the HVAC unit. Recommended discharge is at least ten feet away from the property.
Watch where the water flows in the yard and pay special attention to any pools of water close to the foundation. The soil next to the foundation can settle over time, and topsoil may need to be added next to the home to fill in any low spots that have formed. Maintain a six-foot perimeter around the house to make sure the soil properly slopes away from the foundation.
Why the Basement Must Be Waterproofed
Water seeping into a home, even in small amounts, must be stopped, and the basement or crawl space must be waterproofed. Water present in the basement can increase damage to the foundation that has already occurred. Cracks can widen. Soil drift can be exacerbated, amplifying foundation issues. Water and moisture on the basement floor are a slip-and-fall hazard, especially for the elderly. Excessively large cracks can allow additional water into the basement, while pests can enter the home through larger cracks. Finally, mold thrives in warm, moist, and dark places like a damp basement. Mold can cause serious health problems, and if left unchecked, mold will spread throughout the entire home. Before the mold problem can be mitigated, the water issue must be effectively resolved.
What to Do If a Problem Is Discovered
Upon discovering any problems or potential issues with water seeping into the basement, the homeowner should immediately have a foundation and waterproofing professional inspect and assess the situation. Contact the team at KC Waterproofing to schedule a free consultation. The waterproofing experts will thoroughly evaluate the property and present a professional recommendation to solve the problem.
Since 1985 KC Waterproofing has been a leader in the Kansas City waterproofing and structural repair industry. The team is dedicated to providing cutting edge technology for wall anchoring, foundation underpinning, interior and exterior drainage control, and waterproofing. Technicians receive extensive foundation training that includes soil science, pier placement, structural evaluation, and torque correlation method. KC Waterproofing is the trusted provider of basement waterproofing and foundation repair.