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Don’t Spring a Leak During April Showers

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We’ve all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” But April showers also can bring about problems in your home.

The springtime weather has been quite interesting so far. Along with fluctuating temperatures, a lot of rain and reports of flooding, we even saw some (gasp!) snow this week. Whether it’s from melting snow or rainy and stormy days, it’s common for the ground to be saturated with water this time of year. The wet soil outside of your foundation and/or crawl space walls could find its way inside your home and lead to unpleasant issues.

There are several reasons why water seeps into homes, and they are largely due to the soil around the home. These include poor grading outside the foundation walls, a combination of backfilled and virgin soils, and hydrostatic pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure is the constant force exerted on the foundation wall by saturated soil. As precipitation wets the backfilled soil directly around the home, it expands and presses on the foundation walls. This continuous cycle takes its toll on the wall, and water will find its way inside though any possible cracks or openings around the walls, floor, and pipes. The most common way water enters a basement is through the foundation wall-floor joint.

If your foundation walls were constructed with concrete or concrete block, it is easy for water saturating the ground to pass through concrete and find its way inside your home. Block wall cavities can fill with water, thus soaking the concrete and seeping through to the home. Severely damaged and compromised walls also can cave in and affect the home’s safety and structural integrity.

It’s important to keep an eye out for any little puddle on the floor or crack along the walls. If you notice any of these or suspect there could be a problem, give us a call or submit an online inquiry! Our expert inspectors will be happy to assess your home and provide you with a free estimate.

Our crews also are ready to install a variety of repair solutions including the BasementGutter interior drainage system, several sump pump and foundation repair options, and much more!

We can give you peace of mind and a dry, stable basement not only this spring, but for many years to come!

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