Causes of Winter Basement Water
Do you experience water in your basement during the winter months? The good news, and the bad news, is that this is a very common occurrence for most households that experience snow during the winter months. While you may be used to basement water during heavy rainfalls, you can receive just as much, if not more water in your home during the winter months. Why is this? Water in your basement during winter can be due to a number of reasons, some which we have listed below.
1. Melting Snow and Ice
During the winter, snow goes through multiple stages of melting and freezing, to melting and freezing again. This is due to the change in temperatures and can also be due to heat radiating from the household basement, causing the snow around the foundation to melt. Just like rainwater, this melted snow and ice seeps its way into the ground around your foundation. When enough water is built up around the basement walls it will create hydrostatic pressure, which results in leaking basement walls.
2. Non-functioning Gutters Lead to Basement Water
If your gutters are clogged with leaves or other debris, the melting snow that comes from your roof will not have a proper drainage route. This can lead to water build-up in the gutters, causing water to be forced over the sides and to pool around the foundation of your home. Another problem with drainage that may cause basement water during winter is that the downspouts may be located too close to your home, which also will eventually build up water around your foundation and basement walls, causing leakage.
3. Basement Water Causes Basement Wall Cracks
A more obvious and the most common reason for water in the basement during winter is because of cracks in the basement walls. This is why doing routine inspections for cracks among the floor, walls, or ceilings is so important. If you do notice any cracks in your basement, be sure to call a professional foundation repair company right away.
4. Sump Pump Issues
If you have experienced water issues before, you most likely have a sump pump in your basement that ensures your basement stays dry. It is not uncommon that a sump pump will fail due to a power failure, lack of maintenance, frozen lines, or other issues. Another reason for sump pump failure could be due to improper installation, which is why it is so important to make sure you are hiring a reliable, knowledgeable company for any basement waterproofing services.
5. Leaking windows
If you have windows throughout your basement and are experiencing water leakage, you may want to check them to ensure they are completely sealed and free of cracks. Windows are a very easy way for water to leak into the basement. If you have window wells and they do not have a proper drainage system, water will begin to pool by your home, entering through windows that are not sealed or crack-free.
If you have noticed any water leakage in your home this winter, contact Foundation Systems of WV for a free estimate today. Foundation Systems of WV offers many basement waterproofing solutions for your home. Our team is compiled of hardworking individuals who are extremely knowledgeable in their field and always have the customers needs as their number one priority. For more information on our basement waterproofing solutions, or to learn more about the other services we offer, feel free to contact us here.
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