If you notice that water is coming into your basement or crawlspace where the floor meets the wall (an area called the cove), it can be hard to determine the actual cause of the leakage. In the most general terms, here’s what’s happening: water is collecting on the outside of your home—either next to your foundation, or below it. As the water continues to collect, the hydrostatic pressure of the water will build. This will encourage the water to find the path of least resistance to reduce that pressure. Unfortunately, sometimes, the path of least resistance is into your home.
Common causes for water seeping through the cove include high water tables, clogged or failed French drains, improper drainage of surface water (towards the home instead of away from the home), or something called the clay bowl effect, which relates to homes whose construction started with digging a hole in virgin soil. There are many possible causes for water seeping in through the cove. Since the problems originate underground—either next to your home’s foundation or below it—it can be difficult to identify the one problem you are having that is allowing the water to enter. You also might have more than one problem. That’s why it’s important to find a solution that addresses the six most common ways water seeps into your home.
If you are seeing that water is seeping through the cove, you might also want to try checking for water coming in through the floor of your basement or crawlspace. Cold joints (the joint between two different pieces of concrete that dried at different times/rates) are commonly found in basement floors and are also common points of entry for water. Finally, you will also want to look at the bottom three feet of the walls around your basement or crawlspace—due to cinder blocks and elements of your foundation, this lower section of the wall is also a common place for water to enter your home.
If you have water entering through the cove in your basement or crawlspace, ‘58 Foundations can help. Reach out to your nearest ’58 Foundations location today for more information and to set up a free estimate.
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