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Causes of Basement Damage

Before repairing your wet or otherwise damaged basement, it’s important to understand the causes behind your basement problems.

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Common Basement Waterproofing Causes

Your home and basement are under a lot of pressure to remain sturdy, and various factors can make or break your home’s safety. Below are some of the most common causes behind your basement water and other problems. 

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The Clay Bowl Effect and Hydrostatic Pressure

When your home was built, a hole large enough to accommodate your foundation was dug into the ground. Once the foundation and basement floor and walls were complete, builders replaced the soil to fill in the gaps around the house. This loose soil is not as compact or stable, so when it becomes saturated with water, it creates a “bowl” of sorts. This allows rainwater and groundwater to collect in the soil next to the basement walls. As the soil becomes overly saturated, a force known as hydrostatic pressure builds, pressing against basement walls, and this leads to wall cracks and bowing, as well as leaking. 

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Poor Foundation Drainage

Most homes in Missouri and the surrounding area are built with some type of water management system. Typically, footing drains are placed in the ground around the home. Over time, these drains can clog or be crushed by surrounding soil, and water can easily leak inside your basement at the cove joint (where the walls and floor meet). A reliable interior drainage system is a better waterproofing option. Likewise, it’s also important to have properly functioning gutters and downspouts to keep excess water away from the foundation. Otherwise, it can leak inside, usually in the corners, and lead to basement flooding and other damage. 

Faulty Sump Pump

Sump Pump Issues

Areas like St. Louis and Kansas City tend to experience significant rainfall, making the necessity for quality basement waterproofing measures even more important. These include interior drainage and a sump pump. The sump pump is the heart of the system that pumps unwanted water out of and away from the basement. When the sump pump does not work, this means trouble for your basement. Whether it is an older model, a clog, a loss of power, or an internal malfunction, an inoperable sump pump can result in basement flooding, water-damaged belongings, and even mold growth. 


Don’t Let a Wet Basement Impact Your Home. Waterproof it Today with Expert Help!

It’s crucial for your home to be able to withstand the elements. Everything from excessive rainwater to unstable soil, poor drainage, and more can significantly impact your home’s health and safety. That’s why it is important to repair any damage in your basement and protect it from further problems. Because your basement and foundation are delicate as well as dangerous areas, DIY fixes are not recommended for long-term waterproofing.  

Our highly trained and experienced team at Foundation Recovery Systems is well-versed in basement and foundation issues and causes of damage including the variety of soil types throughout Missouri and our often volatile weather. During your free inspection, we will complete a thorough evaluation of your home and recommend the solutions best suited to its unique repair needs. We are proud to serve homeowners in Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, St. Louis, Des Moines, and surrounding areas. Contact us today! We look forward to helping you create a safe, healthy, and dry home! 


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