5 Reasons why Your Basement May Have Leaks

Monday, October 10th, 2016 by Ginel McLarty

5 Reasons Why Your Basement May Have Leaks

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Water damage restoration in your basement is something that should be prevented, as it’s no nice thing to mention at all. So, let’s take a look about the reasons your basement may be leaking water.

Plugged Drain Tile

In new homes, the drain tile that wraps around the perimeter of basement is made from perforated plastic piping which they wrap in a cloth sock. Then, it is surrounded with pea gravel and installed at the base of the foundation walls. This system is quite resilient, but can yet be damaged or collapse by outside forces. In old homes, the drain tile was made from clay crocks coated in felt roofing paper, a system which is a bit more expose to failure.

Sump Pump Failure

If you have a basement, you also have a sump pump and know about them. But what’s the reason for their failure? Some reasons are: improper installation, power failure, frozen or clogged discharge lines, and lack of regular maintenance.

Sewer Pipe Leaking

If a plumbing drain has fallen open or busted, the leak will be large and noticeable, but, plumbing drain leaks could be very slow to leak in smaller leak where pipes are visible, depending on the size of the leak. These leaks only show up when the drain carries wastewater and may actually show up as stain on the wall below the problematic drain or a ceiling stain, or worse yet, as mold.

Tie Rod Holes

Upon completion of the walls when the construction of the house was originally in progress, the rods that were placed in horizontal row, which held together the concrete forms that were hand-built from wood, are removed, leaving “rod holes”. These are common cause of basement leak issues and especially in older homes.

Floor & Wall Joint Leakage

When the concrete is poured into a wooden form, it forms a channel called a keyway. As soon as the footing has cured, the foundation walls will be poured. The wet concrete fills up the keyway which actually locks the foundation wall into the footing to avoid lateral movement.

That system works well, but the problem is that this new concrete will not really bond to the one that was poured previously, and already dried concrete. This causes the footer and the walls of your basement two different pieces; this means there is void in the floor and wall joint that water passes through when under pressure.

More basement seepage may occur through the cover joint for same reasons. This is actually the space between the footing and your actual basement floor that are two separate pieces, leaving a small area for water to creep through.

To get more information on why your basement may have leaks, or for a FREE no obligation inspection on your property, feel free to visit www.clarkebasementsystems.com or call 1-866-488-1988.


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