At Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we have many customers that are constantly battling water leakages and seepage in their crawlspaces and basements. Eventually, the DIY fixes are not enough to handle this problem for a long-term solution, and that’s when we receive a call.
Typically, crawlspaces and basements that are surrounded by soil that is rich in clay tend to have the most issues. The professionals at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing have seen this problem so often that we know in order to solve this irritating problem, we need to go underground.
Many home basements that suffer from chronic water leakage and seepage are due to being place below grade level. These areas tend to act like any lower body holes, and will hold water forever. Due to the heavy levels of clay, the water has nowhere to exit from the lower level, and eventually ends up in the basement. Many people find that after nearly every heavy rainfall, their basements are flooding, because of this issue.
The Difference In Soil
The soil that surrounds your home is not consistently equal the deeper down you dig. The closer you are to the topsoil, the more organic it is. There is more room for the soil to breathe, and release any toxins or debris. The further down you dig, the less air pockets are available to the soil, and the denser it becomes. When water hits the topsoil, it doesn’t simply move straight down. In reality, when water moves down past the topsoil, and comes across the dense and clay filled areas, it stops, and starts spreading out vertically. This is what causes the water to start moving closer to your home, rather than further into the earth.
Waterproofing Your Basement To Eliminate The Problem Forever!
By waterproofing your basement or crawlspace, you can permanently put this chronic issue to rest. One solution that we look at to solve this problem is creating and digging trenches around your home, to act like a draining system. We make sure that the trench is situated on the lowest spot of your land and fill the trench with gravel. Since water moves easily through gravel, any of the excess water flowing around the topsoil will be directed to this area, and away from your basement.