Water in the Basement

Causes and Solutions for Wet Basements

Heading downstairs to do a load of laundry and discovering water can really ruin your day. The flooding of Iowa basements can occur at any time and it can happen in every home, even if your basement has never had water before. Most flooding happens during heavy rain fall or when snow rapidly melts. Water can seep or flow into your basement through cracked walls or the foundation floor. It is important to remember that every basement can experience some sort of water seepage because it is the lowest level of the home, built partly or entirely below ground level.

Water is destructive to your home and it contents and it encourages mold growth. Even if the water seepage is minimal, high humidity levels can wreak havoc, wood will rot and with moisture, your foundation will continue to deteriorate. Basement water is a sign that your foundation walls have failed and they are no longer protecting your home from water seepage. This problem will not get better on its own, it must be addressed by professionals.

The Signs of Water – What to Look For

Besides the obvious puddle of water on the basement floor, some things to look for are:

  • Dark stains on walls
  • White fuzz growing on walls and floors
  • Dampness
  • Mildewy smell
  • Increased humidity levels

If you have observed any of those signs in your basement, it’s time to get help.

Most Iowa homeowners think that a wet or damp basement is caused by poorly installed downspouts and/or gutters. Badly designed downspout lay-out can most definitely add to your problem, generally, the real problem lies below the ground.
Rain, groundwater, and melting snow seeps horizontally through the soil, not vertically. The water that is entering your basement isn’t necessarily coming from your property, but traveling from other locations.

We Can Stop Your Basement from Flooding!

We are wet basement repair experts. As soon as you notice a problem, call us. We offer free, no obligation quotes on all of our basement waterproofing and foundation repair systems. Let us help keep your home dry and healthy for you and your family.

Category: Basement Waterproofing,Foundation Repair