Leaky floors in basements is a common problem affecting many households. A wet basement is something homeowners should never ignore because it can cause many problems. Apart from being a health hazard, leaks in your basement can affect your home’s foundation and could quickly escalate into costly repairs if not addressed early on. 

In this article, we look at the causes of leaky floors in basements and what you can do to keep your basement dry.

What Causes Leaky Floors in Basements? 

  • Plumbing Leaks

Leaky plumbing is one of the main causes of water in basements. Things like broken seals, clogged lines, damaged pipe joints, fixture cracks, and loose water connectors can all cause water leaks that leads to water accumulating in your basement.

Plumbing lines carry a large amount of water, that can cause a significant amount of water damage to your basement if not caught and addressed quickly. 

To help prevent water damage caused by plumbing issues, it is a good idea to visually inspect your basement regularly, looking for damp spots or any pooling water. You may not be able to see where the plumbing issue is, we suggest to have a qualified plumber inspect your plumbing system to help locate any issues and provide solutions. 

  • Condensation

Condensation occurs in the basement when warm, moist air collides with cold surfaces. The cold air then cools quickly to form water droplets on basement floors. Condensation in the basement can dampen carpets, cause appliance rusting, and present a breeding ground for mold.  To prevent condensation, you can install a dehumidifier or run fans.

  • Ineffective grading 

The slope around the foundation of your home can cause rainwater and groundwater to make its way into your basement, leading to water pooling under your floors. If the ground around your foundation is sloping towards your home, it is only a matter of time before you experience this problem, as water flows towards your home and accumulates around your foundation. 

To help avoid this scenario, ensure your yard is properly graded with the ground around your home sloping away from the foundation of your home and look into basement waterproofing options to help prevent water from entering your home via your foundation.  

  • Missing or defective gutters and downspouts

Gutters and downspouts help to channel rainwater away from you the walls and the  foundation of your home. A dysfunctional or missing gutter system means rainwater can find its way down your walls and pool around your foundation, especially if the grading is poor. When water accumulates around the foundation of your home, it will most likely find its way into your basement. 

The best way to avoid this is to ensure an effective gutter system is installed around your roofs edge. If your gutter system is not secured properly, you may need to look into repair or replacement options. You’ll also want to perform routine gutter maintenance regularly to keep your gutter system in its top shape.   

  • Install weeping tile and a sump pump 

Weeping tiles and sump pumps are designed to drain water from around and beneath your home, keeping your basement dry. In most cases, weeping tile and sump pumps are installed as part of a full solution basement waterproofing system.

A professional basement waterproofing contractor can help you with the installation of your weeping tiles, sump pump, and other basement waterproofing solutions including a waterproof membrane along the inside or outside of your foundation walls.

If you are experiencing water leaking from the floors in your basement, or if you are looking at preventive measures, turn to the team with the experience and know how to get the job done right the first time. The Aquamaster team specialises in drain, plumbing & waterproofing in the Greater Toronto Area. Calls us today at 416-939-6379 to schedule an appointment. We are also available 24 hours a day to help with your emergency plumbing, drain and waterproofing issues.