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Why is Water Coming Up From the Basement Floor?
Updated: Feb 19
Do you have water coming up from your basement floor?
It is no secret, moisture collects in the ground and with your basement being located underground it is surrounded by moisture at all times. This makes your basement susceptible to water seepage. If your house was built in the last 50 years, chances are that the builder put a significant effort into your basement waterproofing, which ensures that your home will remain dry permanently. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Here are 3 reasons why water is coming up from the basement floor:
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1. Drain issue:
Your drains may be clogged or have may have collapsed, in this case, they will need to be cleaned or repaired. In some rare cases, your drains may have been covered by carpet, laminate, or hardwood flooring causing water from the backed drain to seep up from below the flooring.
2. Leaking Pipes
Water pipes in your home are concealed behind finished walls if one has a leak the water can travel down the wall and pool below a finished basement floor causing the water to seep up from the flooring.
3. Ground Water
Rainwater is absorbed into the ground, when there are high levels of rain or when the snow melts the ground becomes saturated with water. This water is under a tremendous amount of pressure and can find its way into your home through the basement floor or walls.
The most probable explanation for why water is coming up from your basement floor is groundwater. Water seeps its way through the soil surrounding your house and pushes up against your basement floor and walls where the hydrostatic pressure is rather great. At times of high water saturation (water table) in the ground, the water will find its way into your home through the easiest access point. This can include cracks in your floor, cracks in the wall, and yes even through the floor. Your basement floor is made of concrete, and concrete is porous allowing water to soak through it.
There is not much you can do about water flowing through the ground and pushing up against your basement floor and walls. If you believe this is the reason why water is coming up from your basement floor, Do not delay call your local waterproofing specialist right away. Water in your basement can not only cause damage to the foundation of your home but to your health as well.
Bonus Tip: Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and water is flowing freely through them. Rainwater collected from your roof drains very close to your basement walls, if this water is not draining properly it can overflow and collect around your basement walls. Having clean gutters and downspouts may not eliminate your water seepage issues, but it will reduce the amount of water being absorbed by the ground around your house.
About Aquamaster Plumbing
Aquamaster Drain, Plumbing & Waterproofing Inc. is your full-service plumbing and basement waterproofing company assisting the Greater Toronto Area residents. We offer services such as drain cleaning, basement waterproofing, sump pump installation, and more.