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What Causes Leaky Basements?

A leaky basement is a common problem; it’s an issue many homeowners experience. All basements are prone to flooding because there are many ways that water can make its way into your home. 

If your basement feels humid or if it’s showing signs of visible moisture spot, then your basement is showing signs of water damage. Other symptoms include rust stains, stained floors, efflorescence, and wet or rotting wood, You shouldn’t ignore these symptoms because it’ll eventually result in damages and costly repairs, as well as a health and safety hazard.

In order for you to solve the problem, you must know what causes leaky basements. This will also help you to avoid experiencing a flooded basement in your property. Here are 5 causes to leaky basements in your house:

1. Honeycomb Leakage

Honeycombs are created by air pockets or poorly mixed concrete. They form cavities which water can easily seep through causing leakage. 

2. Floor Cracks

Floor cracks are caused by the weight of water in the ground. Water will start collecting and building up around your foundation, eventually pushing up against the foundation of your basement. This will lead to cracks, leaks, and other problems in the floor of your basements, resulting into structural problems. You’ll start noticing your basement produce a musky or moldy smell if there’s high humidity levels inside your basement. 

3. Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps can fail and cause water damage in your home. Some of the common reasons of a sump pump failure are power failure, improper installation, and frozen or clogged discharge lines. In addition, it’s important to regularly clean and maintain your sump pump so it doesn’t fail to collect unwanted water and divert it away from your home. 

4. Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes could be the source of dampness behind your basement’s wall.  There, you should inspect your pipes for leaks, cracks, or blockages. You should keep in mind that some leaks can remain hidden until the issue becomes more serious. 

5. Leaky Window Wells

Window wells keep ground water away from the foundation of your home. However, window wells may fail to do their job if your gutters aren’t clear. When your gutters are clogged, water can begin to collect, eventually overflowing and gushing out of the gutter. 

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