Basements can be a wonderful amenity and home feature that add value to any property, whether you use it to store belongings, to do your laundry, as an extra bedroom, or for another purpose. However, if it’s leaking, a basement can quickly turn into a major problem that threatens your entire home investment.

Leaking basements are a common problem in homes across the United States. A small leak that goes ignored can turn into a huge problem that causes massive problems, like damage or loss of property and dangerous structural issues. To make matters worse, some older homes can be prone to leaky basement structures—a problem that only gets worse with time. 

At Basement Waterproofing Services, we provide high-quality solutions like basement waterproofing and crawlspace waterproofing services that keep homes dry and water-damage free. If you’re unsure of the condition of your basement and worried about leaks, take a look at four of the most common types of basement leaks and how to identify them in your home.

Hydrostatic Pressure

The first type of problem that can cause basement leaks is hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure is water pressure caused by rain and water being soaked into the soil around your foundation. This water pressure pushes water and moisture through your basement walls and floors, causing leaks that are characterized by mid-height and floor level leaks. 

This type of basement leak is fairly easy to spot and recognize, as they are usually found isolated on a wall or floor with no real source to account for the moisture. Most crawlspace waterproofing systems can repair these types of leaks.

Lateral Pressure

The soil around the perimeter of your home tends to be softer due to water buildup and moisture that surrounds your home’s foundation. When water falls off of roofs or out of clogged gutters, this soil tends to absorb this extra water, causing it to expand. While soil is a soft material, having large amounts of soil expand can cause great pressure against your foundation and leaks in your basement. This is called lateral pressure and is one of the most common reasons for basement leaks.

Window Wells

If you are noticing water leaks or stains around the bottom of a basement window, you most likely are having a problem with the window well. Most basements that are built partially exposed above the ground will have windows installed to allow for natural light to help illuminate the dark basement. Over time, these windows can become worn out, causing the seals to fail under heavy rainfall. If you have water pooling up near the exterior of a basement window, it is best to figure out a way to keep this water properly drained so that it does not cause additional damage to the window.

Internal Leaks

Sometimes your basement leaks may look like they are coming from the walls or the foundation, but they can actually be coming from pipes of fixtures in your basement. To find the source of your leak, you will want to locate where the water is pooled up and follow the water stream back to where it originated from. 

A leaking pipe can cause water to drip slowly down a pipe until it meets a wall or floor, making it seem like the leak is coming from another area. To be absolutely sure that it’s an internal leak, dry the area completely and check it periodically for any development.

Basement Waterproofing Solutions In New Jersey

Since 1961, Basement Waterproofing Solutions has helped New Jersey residents waterproof their basement and crawl spaces to protect them from leaks and water damage. By adopting a business model that puts a priority on high-quality products at affordable prices, we’re proud to be one of the best-rated waterproofing companies in the entire state. 

For more information about securing your basement with custom waterproofing systems, give us a call or fill out our online form to request a free, in-home estimate.