Pooling or standing water in basement or crawlspace
Pooling or standing water can be caused by a variety of problems in the existing waterproofing protection of your basement or crawlspace. Because of the way water behaves (specifically finding the path of the least resistance) it can be difficult to identify the specific cause(s) of water getting into your basement or crawlspace. That’s why it’s important to find a solution that is designed to protect against the five most common ways groundwater can get into your home’s basement or crawlspace.
If you have standing water in your basement or crawlspace, there are a few things you can take note of to try to identify the problem or problems.
Are you noticing pooling or standing water?
If you have standing water, take note of the following:
- Where does the water appear to be coming from? Likely answers can be: it appears to be coming from the floor or below the floor; it is coming from the corner where the floor meets the wall; or, it is coming from the wall – maybe a few feet from the floor and seeping down the wall.
- When it rains, does water puddle next to your home? This water can flow from your yard if the soils are saturated, or from your driveway, patio or sidewalk.
Some of the most common ways water can get into your basement or crawlspace are: high water tables exerting pressure on your foundation and over time, the water finds a way in through a concrete joint in the floor, the floor/wall joint, or between cinder blocks. Saturated soils can also exert this pressure. Or, if a french drain fails, water will collect on the outside of your home, like a moat, which can also exert pressure on your foundation and find a way in.