Why Are My Basement Walls Wet?


Do Your Basement Walls Get Wet and Damp When It Rains?

When it rains, your yard can become saturated with water. This is especially true if you don’t have enough drainage in your yard and around your home’s foundation. Just an inch or so of rain can add up to thousands of gallons of water getting into the soil around your house.

What does this have to do with your basement?

 

Why Are My Basement Walls Wet?

All of that rain has to go somewhere. When the ground around your home can not handle the excess, it causes the ground to expand. The expansion puts a lot of pressure on your basement and foundation walls from the outside-in.

The pressure causes cracks on the outer wall (the part that is in the ground, where you can’t see it).

Once the cracks form, water can push its way inside. Once in, it will pool at the bottom inside of your basement walls, weakening them. The longer this goes on, the more damage to the inside wall.

The water will start to trickle into your basement, causing wet walls.

  • Wetness on your walls will quickly turn into full fledged flooding very quickly. If you are seeing wetness when it rains, is very humid or after it snows, you should get the problem fixed ASAP because bigger, more expensive problems are right around the corner.

 

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