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By marylandegr22885493, May 14 2017 03:38PM

Worldwide Basement Waterproofing MD DC VA

A wet basement might seem like a small problem, but it can lead to much bigger ones. A leaking basement, or a basement that generates a lot of moisture, can attract toxic black mold or cause structural damage to your home’s foundation.

A leaky basement also runs the risk of soaking any belongings you store there, increasing the risk of black mold. Basement waterproofing can stabilize your home’s property value and provide great peace of mind. Visit our basement waterproofing page for more information.

What are the signs of a basement leak?

Leaking basements offer a few obvious indicators, like pools of water on the floor or water trickling down the walls. But there are several other ways water damage can show itself as well:

A rapid increase in mold or mildew

By marylandegr22885493, Jul 27 2016 11:41AM

When we first became homeowners, we knew that certain pressures came with the job – paying the mortgage, fixing things that break or replacing things that really break. We probably didn’t think much about something called hydrostatic pressure, but many of us are dealing with its consequences.

Hydrostatic pressure is one of those fancy terms a basement waterproofing contractor may use to describe the source of water coming up through your basement floor. It sounds serious – and it is!

So, what is hydrostatic pressure, where does it come from, and how do you stop the rising water it produces from seeping onto your basement floor?

What’s a Water Table?

Any discussion of hydrostatic pressure must start with some information on the water table. Simply put, the water table isn’t furniture but the level of the water in the ground on which your home sits. There are a number of factors that affect the water table, with the most common being proximity to large bodies of water.

The frequency and intensity of rains also play a large role in determining the water table. And, if your home is built on the dense clay soil that is very common in the Maryland DC ,Virginia area, you are more prone to higher water levels due to clay’s lack of absorption.

A quick story on water tables: A contractor put an addition on his home in 10 years ago. He dug the basement for the addition one foot lower than the existing foundation and, no surprise, hit the water table. Mistakenly thinking it was no big deal, he continued with his project. Now, the two sump pumps in the addition run nonstop in the middle of winter, moving more than 135 GPM (gallons per minute) all the time. The moral of this story: Beware the water table!

Hydrostatic Pressure on the Rise

So, we have this body of water in the ground…and now it's raining. Every day. For a week. As the rain seeps into the ground, the water table rises because the ground is unable to soak up all the water. This rising water table creates hydrostatic pressure against your foundation and the pressurized water will find every little crack, chink and hole in your foundation walls and floor and make its way into your basement.

Time to Face the Facts

The fact that the basement waterproofing contractor is talking to you about hydrostatic pressure is a cause for concern because you probably have water coming up through the basement floor. So, what’s the solution? Unless the water is the result of a failed sump pump, it’s most likely that your home’s drain tiles have failed and will have to be repaired or replaced.

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