No matter how new or old your home is, flooding is a common occurrence that most homeowners face at some point. Unfortunately, it is rarely a one-time occurrence, and your home could experience multiple floods throughout the course of your homeownership.
There are two important factors that contribute to basement and foundation leaking — the clay bowl effect and hydrostatic pressure.
If you’ve experienced any flooding in your home, give the experts at Foundation Recovery Systems a call today. We offer free foundation waterproofing inspections in central Missouri and Eastern Kansas, including Kansas City, Columbia, Moberly, and Springfield.
The “Clay Bowl Effect” and Your Foundation
Imagine your home as it was being built. The contractors begin by digging a hole in the ground to make room for your basement and foundation. To do so, the contractor must dig a hole that is a little larger than the space your home will need. The foundation is then built inside this space, and the concrete floor is poured.
After your foundation is built, soil is used as backfill to fill in any gaps around your foundation walls. This backfill can become loose from the excavation, and any untouched soil around the area could have been settling for decades.
What does this mean for you and your foundation waterproofing? The backfilled soil surrounding your foundation will always be looser and more absorbent of water than the dense, hard-packed soil around it, which can result in damage to the foundation. This forms a sort of “clay bowl” around your house — one that creates an artificial water table around your home. Water collects the most right around your foundation — exactly where you don’t want it to be.
Hydrostatic Pressure and Foundation Soils
Water in the soils can put a lot of pressure on your foundation. As water builds up and saturates the soil, it becomes very heavy and can compromise the structural integrity of your foundation walls. This is known as hydrostatic pressure.
Not only is the structural integrity of your foundation in jeopardy, but the buildup of the hydrostatic pressure can also push water into your basement or crawl space. Water can seep through any cracks in the walls or floors of your foundation, or any gaps in windows or openings around pipes. Even the smallest of cracks or opening can allow water to enter your basement or crawl space and cause damage.
However, the most common way that water enters a home is through the foundation wall-floor joint. We find that most flooded basements start with a leak here, where the floor and wall meet. For these reasons, a waterproofing system is vital for protecting your home.
How do you dry a wet basement? By stopping water at the point where it enters the structure.
Since most basements flood from the wall-floor joint, one of the most common ways to stop the flooding is to install a perimeter drainage system along the edge of the basement floor. This would collect the water and direct it to a sump pump, which would then discharge it out of your home.
At Foundation Recovery Systems, we have a foundation waterproofing approach to solving water problems of all types. Our solutions cover all surfaces of the basement, including the foundation walls, basement floors, and even wet crawl spaces.
We are dedicated to your home, and dedicated to you. Have peace of mind when you work with our team as we provide constant communication throughout the entire project to make sure you are completely satisfied. We offer free basement waterproofing inspections throughout Missouri, including Kansas City, Columbia, Moberly, and Springfield. Contact us today to get started!
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