Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding

If there is one thing we all don’t want to see when we walk down into our basements, it’s water. Water in the basement means ruined furniture, flooring, walls, carpets, and rugs. It means a cut into our finances or an increase on the cost of our home owners insurance. Whatever way you look at it, it is not a good thing.

Being in the Midwest, KC has a lot of homes that have basements. The Midwest is known for its severe weather that during the spring can include flash flood warnings. That means a lot of water can build up very quickly. In order to avoid basement leaks in Kansas City, we need to look at some ways to protect our foundations against water leakage.

The foundation issues that can arise and cause this type of leakage can come from a variety of different issues. One example, could be clay soils which can become saturated with water. When this happens, the soil expands, pushing upward towards the foundation. As the soil dries, it contracts and the pressure is released. This hydrostatic pressure can cause foundation cracks, movement and even instability. Water can enter through these cracks, creating a wet basement.

Water can seep in from under the footer, located underneath the poured basement floor. Most basement construction leaves a space between the footer and the basement floor. When water comes into this area from poor exterior drainage or other issues, it can exert pressure on the foundation. This can cause foundation cracks and allow water to seep into the basement. Water may enter small cracks located between the footer and the wall atop it as well.

If you are looking to avoid basement leaks in Kansas City, then you’ve come to the right blog. We, at CPS Foundation Repair, are looking to educate KC on basement leaks in Kansas City. We believe educating can help avoid issues or let you know what to watch for so that you can call on our expertise in time of need. Continue to follow our blogs to learn what to watch for and what we do to fix those problems.

Tip of the day: The most important fact that we could share with you is to make sure that you always watch for cracks inside and outside of your home, even within the foundation, as it can be a source of foundation issues which lead to water leakage into your home.

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