Now that we are in a rainy season, we watch and hope it doesn’t start appearing in our basements.
So you are waiting, wanting to have your basement finished. Or you are looking at a new house purchase and you are wondering what it looks like behind those basement walls.
Is there a way to tell if your basement will leak, or already has a leak that you can’t see?
There is. Yours will.
Just because your basement is surrounded on three or four sides by dirt is enough information to know that it will develop a leak sometime in the future.
Maybe that finished basement wall is already hiding a leak. Maybe not.
Maybe your house will develop a leak before the end of the year. Maybe not.
It’s all kind of a crap shoot, but your basement will leak at some point.
Just look at everything that is going on around your house:
And those are just the things going on above ground.
If you have a French drain around the outside of the house it may be clogged, or have had landscaping roots grow through it ripping it up.
It could be coming in from the hydrostatic pressure that forces water up through cracks in the floor, or gaps where the floor meets the wall, or through the basement wall itself.
The problem with water is that it doesn’t know any better. It goes where there is a gap. Add that to the problem with concrete is that is made to crack, and you have a bona fide indoor water problem.
Or will have one.
Ok, so what to do…
A – Keep those gutters clean and in good shape. Keep the leaves off your roof. Have a professional come out and clean those gutter once a year.
B – Extend those down-spouts. Get them out away from the house. 10 ft.
C – If you are going to finish your basement, have a professional water-proofing company come and inspect your house first. Let them do the service that they do so well and give you a little peace of mind.
Will it cost you a little money? Yes.
Will it cost you as much money and headaches than if you don’t do these things. No.
One more thing – some of these things you need to do every year. Add them to your calendar.
Get on it.