A Heavy Rainfall Can Lead to a Wet Basement

August 17th, 2018

We have had a very dry, hot and humid summer, however a few days of significant rainfall can cause damage to your properties and homes. The area around your home can get flooded with rain water from clogged gutters or downspouts that are located next to the foundation. When the soil expands, it creates pressure against the foundation. This can cause damage to your home’s foundation and create a leaky basement in Tottenham, Barrie, Stayner, Thornbury and other areas. 

Pressure caused by clay soil, poor drainage, underground water, and extreme weather, pushes against the foundation of your basement. The water has to go somewhere, and so it pushes up against your basement foundation and can cause cracks which can result in a leaky basement in Tottenham, Barrie, Stayner, Thornbury, and surrounding areas.rain cloud image

It is important to check the exterior of the home for any possible water sources that may be causing a leaky basement.  As a homeowner, it is important to examine downspouts and be sure they are pointing away from the foundation in order to avoid seepage into the foundation. It’s also important to clear gutters of debris that may be leading to improper water runoff. Preventative measures like these can prevent leaky basements.

Wet basements in Lake of Bays, Muskoka, Muskoka Lakes, Gravenhurst, and other areas can be a real problem any time of the year, but often a wet basement can particularly be problematic after heavy rainfalls. You can tell if you have a wet basement problem if you can see water seeping through the cracks in the concrete floor or if there are traces of water in many other locations of the basement. It is a good idea to check your basement regularly for damp or wet areas at all times of the year.

 


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