The Facts Behind Home Water Penetration
Why is water entering your home?
Water usually enters a home at a weak spot in the foundation, walls or floor. This weak spot is usually created when a crack forms in an exterior foundation wall, in the foundation floor or in the seam where the floor meets the walls.
What causes the crack?
Wall cracks are caused by poor craftsmanship, sub-standard building materials and by time. Eventually, all basements will leak and need waterproofing.
Where does the water come from?
The water entering your home can come from two sources:
1. SURFACE WATER
Surface water is rain and snow that have soaked into the ground. Surface water usually enters through one of your foundation walls.
2. GROUND WATER
Ground water is the earth's natural water table. This table is always rising and falling as conditions change beneath the surface. A rising water table usually enters your home through the foundation floor or the seams where the floor meets the walls.
How do you stop water leakage?
Waterproofing companies address leakage issues by controlling the water, diverting the water or stopping the water. Stopping the water from penetrating your home is the only long term solution.