Leaks Inside The Basement
Basement leaks are a common problem and include a wide range of situations and scenarios to the causes of these issues. While all water inside a basement is considered a 'leak' there are some specific aspects the will be visible to the average homeowner. Constant dripping will be the most visible in certain area, different than flooding and seepage - where flooding is instant and seeping is slow yet still noticeable after enough water has accumulated. Below you will read about more common places in your basement that can leak.
Most Common Basement Leaks
Leaky Windows That Are Not Water-Resistant
If you have a standard basement window and notice leaks within the sealing edges dripping down the wall, your window is not properly waterproofed. This is an unavoidable problem if don't have a window well or water-resistant window. Even with proper yard grading, if your rain conditions are heavy throughout each season you will need an egress window & well to resolve the problem which our team at Midwest Structural Repair can provide.
Pipe Penetration & Exposed Concrete
In most basements you will have a standard plumbing pipe. Depending on the contractor that installed this system and set up the basement layout you may have a pipe that is penetrating the concrete wall, or an opening where workers installed the pipe but left the concrete bare. This is a poor set up that will leave your concrete vulnerable. Much like wall cracks, we would seal the entry point both on the pipe itself and concrete filler using our urethane injection.
Mortar Between Mason Bricks Breaking & Leaking
The most unavoidable problem would be mason walls leaking between the bricks. This mortar joint can be susceptible to deterioration over time. The most preventative solution is to seal the concrete mason wall after installation that protects against leaks and mold. Sometimes these joints can be weakened with age and water, breaking the seal and leaking into your basement. Having our team reapply a sealant to fill all cracks and holes will help, while installing a waterproofing system will remove the water problem at its' source.