Ground water has been the root cause of water seeping into basements for over a century. Water seepage and leaks in foundation walls allow water to accumulate in your basement, promoting the growth of mold and fungus
Poured foundations are generally smooth and continuous from end to end. They also have a uniform network of tie hole patches. When forms are set to pour foundation walls, the inside and outside forms are fastened together with treaded rod to resist the outward force caused by the concrete when it is being installed. After the concrete has solidified the ties are removed and the forms are brought down. The removal of the ties causes a network of holes spanning across the entire foundation wall. Installers uses hydraulic cement to patch each hole. If the hole isn’t filled entirely, it will be the weakest link in in the foundation wall, allowing for future failures. In the event of a tie-hole leak, it is recommended that a larger area be waterproofed, as more times than not, repairing a small section will fix the apparent problem and every other tie hole patch will be in question.
Cracks in foundation walls are generally caused by 2 main factors; lateral pressure and concrete shrinking. In some cases these two factors can compound a crack, however it is important to understand that these two factors occur under different circumstances.
The amount of shrinking in a foundation wall is dependent on a number of factors, including curing environment, the size of aggregates in the concrete, and the Portland cement content. All of these factors affect the concrete in the same manner as they directly affect the moisture content during the installation and curing process. As the concrete sheds moisture, the concrete begins to shrink. Under some circumstances when a very moist concrete becomes excesively dry during the curing process, vertical and diagonal cracks can form. These cracks can be severe enough to be potential water leaks, in many cases however, the cracks do not span through the entire wall.
Window well issues
Window well drains, much like weeping tile can be plugged from silt, sediment and debris. In this situation the options for repair can be limited. Depending on the extent of the plug different methods can be used to bring the drain back into working order. If the majority of the material causing the plug is found in the vertical section, high pressure water jetting the line is an affordable and effective way to bring the line back to working condition. More often than not, the vertical section rinses the material into the weeping tile, and the material accumulates in long horizontal sections of the weeping tile. This situation requires excavation, as a new drainage system is required with preventative measures in place to avoid future blockages.
Downspout or Grading issues
Above ground water lines can be difficult to find when they are not in plain view. In some cases water lines that have pin hole leaks can in some cases be very difficult to identify, and may also show misleading signs of foundation leaks.
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