Water Seepage Between Basement Wall & Floor

A wet basement with paint flaking off a concrete block wall.

If you notice water seepage 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 leak. In the most general terms, here’s what’s happening: water is collecting on the outside of your home. This can either be 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.

Water Seepage Through the Cove? Is It A Clogged Drainage Channel?

Common causes for water seeping through the cove include high water tables, clogged or failed drainage channels (also called French drains), improper drainage of surface water (towards the home instead of away from the home). There is also 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 these problems originate underground—either next to your home’s foundation or below it—it can be difficult to identify which specific problem you may be having. 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 can infiltrate your home.

If water is seeping through the cove, try checking for water entering 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.

How Do You Protect Your Basement From Water Seepage Through the Cove?

Improper drainage of surface water may have one or more variables at play, such as grading and gutter maintenance. Meanwhile, high water tables can lead to increased hydrostatic pressure when it rains. So long as there is hydrostatic pressure, water can get pushed through the cold joints. Clogged or failing drainage channels will make it harder to address this water pressure. Identifying these problems and implementing the necessary solutions is the only way to stop water from seeping into your basement.

Here are some important things you can do to protect your basement from the six most common ways of water intrusion including water seepage through the cove…

  • Regularly clean and maintain your gutters and downspout
  • Check the grading around your home so that it slopes away from your foundation
  • Repair or replace clogged or failing drainage channels
  • If you don’t have waterproofing in place already, have an interior basement waterproofing system installed in your basement
  • Maintain and service your sump pump

These steps will help you have better control of diverting surface water away from your foundation when it rains, meanwhile the basement waterproofing system will take care of the hydrostatic pressure. But no two waterproofing systems are made equal. Fortunately, ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing has over 63 years of experience in designing a customizable basement waterproofing system for homeowners.

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From our specially engineered Channel ’58 drainage channels to our high-power Workhorse sump pumps with battery backup options, your basement can be kept safe and dry for many years to come. What’s more, you can have extra peace of mind with our industry-unique lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee! We have local offices throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Whether you live in Soddy-Daisy, TN, Richmond, VA, or Atlanta, GA, we have a team of ’58 experts ready to help! Contact us today to schedule for a free inspection and to receive a detailed estimate! We’ll be happy to answer any questions!

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