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Have you noticed that after it rains, your basement feels damp and musty? If so, you are not alone! Leaky wet basements are a common issue that plagues many homeowners in and around Chattanooga. If you need wet basement repair, give us a call!
Water can seep through your basement walls and floor when the soil surrounding your home becomes saturated with water after heavy rainfall. The pressure build-up in your soil forces the water upward through the basement floor or through your basement walls. This is known as hydrostatic pressure. If you notice wet or damp carpet or floors after rain, or even standing water, you likely have water leaking into your basement.
Water leaking into the basement after rain is a normal occurrence that can ail many homeowners nationwide. It’s not an uncommon thing, but it’s something you should address to avoid mold accumulation and even problems with your foundation.
Waterproofing your basement is important for keeping your home water and mold-free. At Chattanooga Concrete Co. We attack the problem from the outside of your home by making sure the hydrostatic pressure never has the chance to build up and cause problems.
Gravity will naturally push water against your home’s foundation if you have land that slopes toward your home. This can create hydrostatic pressure that pushes water into your basement. We have tons of experience grading land to drain away from your home’s foundation, keeping your basement out of the path of the water. That alone may be enough to fix your leaking basement.
Another common drainage problem can arise from gutters draining water too close to the home. The standard recommendation is to have the downspouts from your gutters extend to 6 feet away from your home. Clogged gutters and downspouts can also cause the rainwater to drain right into your home foundation, so it’s a good practice to keep your gutters free of debris and the drainage flowing.
Another way to keep basements from leaking water is to install proper drainage around your basement’s foundation. This is accomplished by removing the soil around your basement and filling it back up with small stones. Then we use grading to ensure that gravity pushes the water away from your basement foundation and drains away from the home. This method is a tried and true process we’ve seen to be successful countless times.
If your basement is leaking, give us a call today for a free consultation!
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