Causes of Wet Basements in Iowa

Iowa Wet Basements

water-leak-basementDoes your basement flood after a heavy rainfall? Water is the biggest culprit when it comes to foundation failure. It can destroy everything in its path including your foundation, furniture, carpet, electrical appliances, floor joists, and beams. Your repair lists can quickly grow if the small repairs are not fixed immediately. When you survey the interior and exterior areas of your home, make a list of the areas that give you concern. Look for walls cracks, misaligned doors/windows, leaning chimneys, foundation settlement, and water leaks. With your list, contact the team of professionals at WCI Basement Repair. We will discuss the problems you are seeing and formulate a plan to repair your foundation. We make sure our proposals ensure a safe and stable foundation for your home.

When water surrounds your foundation, it adds pressures to the foundation walls. That pressure leads to wall cracks and bowed walls in your foundation. Many homeowners can avoid water damage by identifying the causes of foundation failure.

  • Proper gutters –  Proper gutters and extensions a few feet away from the foundation also keeps the water from settling around your foundation. Make sure they are free of leaves and debris.
  • Landscaping – Make sure your landscaping is not too close to your foundation. Tree roots can dehydrate the soil and lead to foundation settlement.
  • Proper grading – It is important to make sure the grading of your landscape slopes away from your house.
  • Leaky pipes – Water from leaky pipes can cause soil expansion and lead to foundation problems.
  • Evaporation – Droughts causes the soil to pull away from the foundation.

Moisture in your basement not only causes problems with the foundation itself but can lead to mold and mildew growth in wet basements. These can affect air quality. Keep your basement dry by getting proper waterproofing for your wet basement.

What are our waterproofing solutions? At WCI Foundation Repair, we install a quality interior drainage system with drain tiles to keep your basement dry. The interior drainage system may prevent water floods on the basement floor, but will not prevent water seepage through cracks. That’s why installing an interior drainage system with an exterior system will give you ultimate coverage. We also offer vapor barriers to protect your walls and basement from water damage.

The sump pump is an important component in keeping your basement dry and your foundation safe. WCI Basement Repair uses the best products on the market made by Earth Contact Products (ECP). The purpose of a sump pump is to remove water that has collected in the sump basin. Sump pumps are in many homes and are found in the basement where there are water issues. WCI Basement Repair can install one of ECP’s up-to-date and efficient sump pump to your basement. This is a good way to get the water away from your foundation. When choosing a sump pump, you may want to be sure that it has a battery backup in case of a power outage. The next feature to look for is the performance of the sump pump. Don’t look at just the volume (gallons per hour) but also electrical efficiency. The number of gallons per watt-hour is a performance criterion that some sump pump manufacturers are starting to use. The highest performing pumps should pump over six gallons per watt-hour.

If you have a wet basement, don’t hesitate to call us. We will inspect your home and determine the best waterproofing solutions to prevent water damage. WCI Basement Repair has the answer for all of your questions. We will create an effective plan for any wet basement situation.

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