Complete Basement Systems understands how all different types of basement leaks are caused, which is why we provide a variety of repair products and techniques to handle every source of wall and floor leaks.
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Basement Leaking Solutions
When you have a perimeter drainage system installed in your home, your sump pump is your main line of defense against a basement flood. If you can’t count on your sump system to be powerful or reliable enough, then you can’t count on a dry basement. And what good is the space if it gets wet?
At Complete Basement Systems, we install only the best sump pump systems available anywhere in the Colorado area. We have an answer to clogging sump pumps, power failures, torrential rainfall, and much more!
Typical Leaky Basement Crack Issues
One of the more perplexing issues that homeowners face with their wet basement is the challenge of stopping water from rising up through their basement floor. Water can rise directly through the porous concrete of your floor slab, a problem that’s exacerbated when there’s a crack.
Basement windows are most often made using inexpensive steel or wood frames. As these materials age, they will begin to break down, showing signs of rust, corrosion, and decay. Along with becoming a leaking issue, these windows will also become drafty.
Small cracks in foundation walls are common in homes throughout Colorado. Usually a side effect of the natural curing process of concrete, these cracks usually do not threaten the foundation. However, even small cracks in a foundation can be a problem if they leak groundwater into your basement or crawl space.
Some areas in your basement may have more cracking issues. Although any place in your basement can end up with cracks, here are the most common areas they can end up in.
- Floor and Walls
The basement floor is one area that can have significant cracks, especially if you have a concrete slab floor. A concrete slab floor provides a lot of structural stability and ease of cleaning, but it can be prone to cracking. With a concrete slab, any amount of settling and sinking can cause serious structural concerns.
Because the walls are what manage the significant amounts of hydrostatic pressure that a basement is typically under, they’re also the element that tends to crack more regularly. Walls can form cracks in all places, but they often form cracks in the areas where they might bulge inward from the strain of the outside pressure.
If you have windows in your basement, you may end up with cracks around the outside of the windows. Windows can be incredibly useful for a basement, as they can allow in natural light, but any time you have windows in a basement, you need to make sure you’re constantly maintaining them.
You can’t just install a window in your basement that’s the same as one you would install in the home above ground. There’s a reason that basement windows have specific construction requirements. If you’re uncertain whether your basement windows are going to be able to stand up to the hydrostatic pressure, talk to an expert before you install them.
Addressing basement cracks will help you avoid other problems with your basement in the future. Even if these cracks seem small, they could herald future problems that you’ll have if you don’t tackle them early.
- Waterproofing Issues
Waterproofing concerns will usually be the biggest problem that you’ll see initially. That’s because water is great at getting through any cracks at all, which includes very small ones in the walls and floor. When you have cracks in your basement walls and floor, you’re likely to start having basement flooding problems almost immediately.
When there’s water in your basement, there will also be other concerns. For example, basement condensation can lead to problems with mold and mildew as well as wood rot. You can’t fully waterproof your basement if the area has cracks in it. Fixing these cracks will be an important part of your basement waterproofing.
- Structural Concerns
These may take a longer time to show up than waterproofing problems, but they’re just as important to pay attention to. With enough cracks in your basement, you may end up with long-lasting concerns that can cause the loss of structural integrity. Because foundation problems are always important, you need to make sure you’re not causing them in your home.
These structural concerns are also another reason to tackle problems early. Structural problems are always going to deteriorate. The longer you leave a problem like sunken floors, the worse the problem is going to get. You need to pay attention to these problems as early as possible if you want to fix them for good.
Repairing cracks isn’t the only thing you need to do if you’re looking to waterproof your basement. There are also other things that you may need to invest in if you’re trying to ensure that your basement remains waterproof.
- Sump Pumps and Drainage Systems
The first tool to consider is a sump pump. A sump pump will help ensure that you don’t have to worry about serious water concerns if your home ever experiences flooding. With a sump pump, you can be certain that water won’t get into your basement and remain there for a long time, potentially growing mildew and mold.
Drainage systems can also be an incredibly effective method of avoiding basement problems. You might choose the BasementGutter™ system, which is a drainage system around the outside edges of your basement, or you might instead want an interior drainage system underneath your basement door. Many drainage systems might work for you and it’s important to choose the right one with the help of a basement expert.
Although a dehumidifier isn’t the only answer to your basement waterproofing problems, it might be an extremely important part of the answer. Having a dehumidifier in your basement, especially a basement that’s prone to high levels of humidity, is crucial if you’re looking to avoid issues with water.
Remember, however, that a dehumidifier can’t solve waterproofing problems. When you’re having waterproofing problems in the basement, you need to fix the problem at the source first. Then you can install a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels manageable. You shouldn’t try to avoid a solution with a dehumidifier.
It can be tempting to DIY many fixes around your home. Although the process of fixing basement cracks can seem easy, it’s only something that you should trust a basement repair expert with. Otherwise, you might run into significant problems.
- Serious Structural Damage
A DIY fix is just as likely to impart structural damage as it is to fix it. Many DIY fixes aren’t very harmful in the short term, but the problem is that you’re going to assume you fixed something you didn’t. That can prevent you from seeking help for your basement cracks from a professional, which can culminate in extreme structural problems.
These structural problems don’t always result in catastrophic failure, but they can. Especially over a long period, structural damage can lead to basement walls collapsing and floors caving in. If you want to avoid these problems permanently, you should make sure you don’t choose a DIY solution for your home.
- Issues with Basement Maintenance
When you DIY a fix, you don’t know how that DIY fix is going to impact your basement as a whole. Unfortunately, it’s common for people to have serious basement maintenance issues because they installed a DIY fix that became very difficult to work around. Basement maintenance is important, so you should only entrust your basement fixes to a professional. A basement professional from Complete Basement Systems will help you avoid basement problems. Schedule a free inspection today to learn more about your options when it comes to basement solutions. There might be more potential solutions than you think.
Repair your leaking floor and wall cracks today!
Water can enter your home at any point where there is an opening in the foundation. This includes not only cracks in the walls and floors, but around pipes as well. Our floor crack and leaky window solutions provide lasting results that are compatible with your perimeter drainage system and will not crumble, flake off your walls, or fail due to the natural expansion and shrinking of the concrete.
Call the basement waterproofing experts at Complete Basement Systems today to get started on your crack repair with a free estimate. We offer all our services in Colorado Springs, Denver, Aurora, Fort Collins, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Boulder, Cheyenne, Littleton, Longmont and throughout the surrounding areas.