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Repairing Basement Seepage Problems Begins Outside
With the spring rains baring down, many homes will be experiencing flooding from cracked basement walls, leaky foundations, and crack seepage.
If you are one of those homes with basement seepage problems, then this post is for you. Aside from extremely expensive counter measures to prevent hydrostatic pressure and foundation repair, here are some ways to repair seepage problems in your basement, by looking outside.
– Take a close look at the slope of the ground around your home. Basement repair experts all agree that the first prevention method against water seepage is to adjust the slope of this ground. It’s a simple fix that works wonders.
– Second, ensure that wayward water routes away from your home’s foundation. This means inspecting your gutters and downspouts for proper function. If water is left to pour directly next to your foundation, water will find its way inside.
– Next, look for ways to relieve hydrostatic pressure. If water pools in spots in your yard, research ways to regrade the ground so the water runs off instead of remaining stagnant. This simple action helps prevent unnecessary ground pressure that builds around your home and stops water seepage.
– Have the soil tested by an expert. Soils around homes that show a higher than average clay content drain poorly. If your yard has a lot of this type of soil, consider replacing trouble spots with soils with high sand or silt content. These materials drain quicker, and disallow water retention.
If after you exhaust all of your outdoor remedies, and you still have basement seepage, then it’s time to look inside and perhaps call an expert.
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