4 Reasons You Might Need a Basement Drainage System
  • Posted on April 26, 2019
  • By Dave Mauldin

Have you ever walked into your basement only to be faced with a few inches (hopefully not feet!) of water covering your floor? Basement flooding is no fun. And when it does happen, it’s pretty clear that it’s time for you to invest in basement waterproofing in Northern Maryland and a pretty great drainage system.

Even if you don’t have to deal with a basement flood, but instead are struggling with general moisture and small leaks that always seem to make your basement a generally wet room, you could also benefit from a drainage system. There are several reasons why you could have need of a basement drainage system or basement waterproofing in Northern Maryland.

Keep reading for four different reasons why you should invest in basement drainage.


1. Clay Bowl Effect

Picture a clay bowl with a porous object in the middle. Water trapped in the clay bowl will soak into the porous object.

That porous object is your foundation. Foundation walls are generally made of concrete, a notoriously porous building material when it isn’t sealed correctly. Water that isn’t absorbed sits in the bowl and puts pressure on your foundation walls.

Your home may not be in a literal clay bowl, but it could be sitting in a theoretical one. After a foundation is completed, the soil surrounding the home isn’t as densely packed as the soil further away. This makes it easier for water to sit in the soil around your home and not in the more densely packed soil further away.

This difference in soil density creates the clay bowl effect and puts your basement at risk for flooding, cracking, and other harmful side effects. As part of our process for basement waterproofing in Northern Maryland, we’ll install a perimeter drainage system. Most houses already have some sort of perimeter drainage system, sometimes called a French drain, but if you’re still dealing with water, then it’s not working properly.


2. Hydrostatic Pressure

If you’re more likely to kill potted plants than help them grow, you’re familiar with the properties of very dry and very wet soil. When you under-water your plants, the soil becomes hard and you may notice that it pulls away from the walls of the pot. But when your soil is overwatered, it thickens and expands, pushing against the walls of the pot and rising a few centimeters.

This property of soil to expand when wet doesn’t just put pressure on the walls of your potted plants, but on the walls of your foundation as well. This underground pressure is known as hydrostatic pressure and can lead to plenty of undesirable side effects. As the pressure increases after large weather events, your basement walls could start to crack or bow inwards. The moisture works its way into your basement through the cracks, and a bowed foundation wall can have a big impact on the structural integrity of your home.

If you notice a bowed or cracked wall, it’s time to upgrade your perimeter drainage system and work with basement waterproofing in Northern Maryland professionals.


3. Hatchway Leaks

Most modern basements have a large bulkhead that leads to the outdoors. These make moving large objects in and out easy and can be very convenient for doing yard work. However, these doors can be very inconvenient if they start to leak.

Leaking hatchway doors can quickly lead to a basement flood. As water streams down your bulkhead stairs, the potential for flooding increases in the event of a thunderstorm or other weather-related incident. Hatchway entrances don’t just leak from one point, but instead provide three different opportunities for leaks: where the doors meet in the middle, underneath metal doors, and through cracks in the concrete.

Especially if you have a finished basement, leaking hatchway doors can pose a serious problem, leading to mold and other unpleasant side effects of increased basement moisture. If you notice water leaking into your basement through hatchway doors, we can install a special drainage system.

As basement waterproofing in Northern Maryland professionals, we understand how to prevent hatchway leaks. Our TrenchDrain™ Hatchway Door System sits flush with the rest of your concrete floor and directs any incoming water to a Sump Pump.


4. Floor Cracks

While we may believe that the ground we walk on every day is solid enough to put a house on, the truth is that soil doesn’t always stay still. If the soil underneath your house moves or settles, you could find yourself dealing with floor cracks. As the soil settles, the concrete slabs above it sink unevenly, resulting in floor cracks.

These floor cracks create tripping hazards, decrease energy efficiency, and allow water to leak into your basement through the soil. While foundation pier systems raise and level out your floors, you still need to install a solution that will handle any leftover moisture trying to work its way in. If necessary, a direct drainage channel can be installed which will direct any moisture into the sump pump. Drainage channels are installed by removing a section of your basement floor and installing a PVC pipe underneath it. The line will be pitched to move any water directly towards the sump pump and away from the site of the crack. This method is also known as a “lateral line.”

Once the drainage line is installed, the process for basement waterproofing in Northern Maryland can continue by backfilling in the crack.


You Deserve a Comfortable Basement

A wet basement is an uncomfortable one. Excess moisture can lead to mold, cracks in the wall can let pests in and warm (or cool) air out. You deserve a frustration-free and comfortable basement.

As basement waterproofing in Northern Maryland professionals, we can install the right drainage system to permanently fix your basement issues and give you back your basement. We’re here to help you get the basement you deserve.

If you think you have one of these four problems and need a drainage system or basement waterproofing system installed, get in touch with Mission Home Services today.

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