The most common cause of water in a basement is cracks in the poured concrete foundation wall, which is also the most typical foundation type in commercial buildings. If you have an unfinished basement, it is easy to spot cracks. However, if you have a finished basement, cracks may be identified by checking for the location where the seepage begins and then inspecting the outside for cracks in the foundation above grade.
Cracks are usually observed in the corners of basement windows, where beams attach to the foundation, and where the foundation has corners, bays, or changes in elevation. Repairing foundation cracks can be accomplished through two methods: urethane injection from the inside or waterproofing membrane application from the outside. Either approach offers a durable solution for repairing leaks in poured concrete foundation walls.
Sump Pump Problems
One of the most dangerous sources of water in a basement is an overworked or malfunctioning sump pump caused by power outages or mechanical failure. This can result in extensive damage to the home and valuables stored in the basement. Installing a sump pump system tailored to your property and including a battery backup system is the easiest way to prevent this.
Water can also enter through various sources, such as fractures in the concrete floor, cove joint, or foundation wall made of concrete block, brick, or stone. This may indicate hydrostatic pressure building up beside the foundation walls or beneath the basement floor due to heavy rain or melting snow. To permanently address this problem, an internal drain tile system and sump pump system must be installed if not already in place.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, don’t hesitate to contact RCS Membrane for a free consultation. Our expert team can help identify the problem and suggest a suitable, cost-effective, and long-term solution tailored to your specific needs.
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