Usually, basement leaks can be addressed by looking at a few common problems. As it turns out, there are a few basic reasons why water could end up on your basement floor. Knowing what to look for is the first step in diagnosing the problem. For starters, window wells could be an issue. If you have windows that are low around your basement, or have windows around the basement with no window wells, or the existing wells are set to low causing water to seep could seeping through.

It could also be a drainage issue. If you have gutters that do not direct water properly away from your house, the water could end up seeping through the wall and into your basement. Finally, if your soil is graded improperly, water might pool against the walls of your house, entering into below grade cracks or holes in the foundation walls and later, on your basement floor.

These three common leaky basement issues are easily fixed with the drainage systems mentioned below.

French Drains

To install this system, we start by finding the lowest spot in your yard. Once we have that identified, we dig a trough of sorts at the lowest problem spot, angling it down towards a designated drainage area. The drainage area will be outfitted with perforated drain tile. Over that we install river rock, topping it off with a breathable fabric, to help filter water while keeping the sediment out. French drains are a great way to keep water from pooling in your yard that can cause potential back flow issues towards your basement wall. Sometimes we use a french drain along wet foundation walls for proper drainage.

Channel Drains

If water tends to pool in your garage after a heavy rain, a channel drain may be in order. These types of drains are specific to paved surfaces, as they are installed on top of the concrete or asphalt to catch water. Channel Drains are incredibly durable. Once installed, they last for years. As the water runs down the channel drain, and is directed to an outlet away from your house. The entire goal of a channel drain is to allow water to shed at its lowest point on the paved surface, keeping it away from your garage, and ultimately, your basement.

Proper Gutter Drainage

Water drains from a gutter system quite rapidly during a large downpour, and over a few seasons of heavy rain, all of the pressure from the downspout will create an indention any your lawn. This is bad news for your basement. Eventually, this affects the grade of your yard and will cause water to pool against your basement wall.

Also, if your gutters are not cleaned regularly, or do not have the proper slope, you could have more than a leaky basement on your hands. You might have wet ceilings and walls to contend with too. That’s definitely not good. Check to make sure your gutters are properly cleaned. Make sure water is not spilling over the side, but rather, draining properly through the downspout, shedding away from your house. Maintaining your gutters, could prevent a phone call for repair.

We can reroute your gutter water away from the home foundation by connecting to an underground drain tile system.

However, should you need immediate attention, don’t hesitate to reach out. We have a few more drainage systems to present as options in an effort to keep your basement dry. We will work with you to come up with the most effective drainage system for your situation. Leaky basements are never a good time. Fortunately, we can help!

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