5 Ways Water Sneaks into Homes and what to do about it

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Water is one of the sneakiest and most damage substances. It can show up where you least expect it, and it can cause severe damage to a home or business. Sometimes water damage is caused by an apparent flood, but other times it can slowly seep in from an inconspicuous area. One tell-tale sign that water has snuck into your home is mold growth accompanied by a musty odor.

Checking your home from top to bottom for water leakage is a critical aspect of homeownership. According to the Basement Health Association (BHA), the air you breathe in your home comes from the basement or crawlspace. Therefore, if there is mold growth in these low-lying areas of your home, your family could potentially be inhaling mold spores that cause respiratory problems or trigger allergies. In addition to health-related issues, when water sneaks through the cracks of the walls, it can compromise the strength of your home’s foundation.

But where did the water come from, and what can be done about it? Today on the blog, basement waterproofing specialists in Murfreesboro at Ameri Care Services are sharing five ways water sneaks into homes and what can be done about it.

Ways Water Sneaks Into Your Home

  1. Poor Grading: When a home is built, if the landscape slopes towards your home, there is a higher risk of water damage. The water will sneak through small cracks and openings, causing foundational problems. One method of diverting the water is to regrade the landscape around your home. If this is not an option, then a sump pump in the basement could be installed, which would pump accumulated water out of your basement.
  2. Foundation Wall Damage: After your home is built, it continues to settle on the foundation, causing pressure on the walls. Between the construction process and settling of your home, hairline cracks can develop and expand over time. The cracks are the perfect path for water to sneak into your home without your knowledge. Cracks in your home’s foundation should be addressed and taken care of to prevent further damage or water leaks.
  3. Leaks in the Sewer Pipes: Often, sewer pipes are located underneath your home. This means out of sight, out of mind. And, it’s one of those things that you can’t really inspect or keep a check on since they are buried underground. Sometimes the pipes can cause lateral pressure on the walls of your basement if they begin to leak. When leaking occurs, sewer water may seep into your basement and cause damage. If you have a sewer pipe leak, this is cause for immediate repair.
  4. Poor Surface Drainage: Water will flow down the path of least resistance. Therefore, if your gutters or drain spouts are clogged, the water will automatically begin to flow down the side of your home. If there is no additional drainage option, the water will collect next to the foundation of your home and sneak through the cracks and crevices. We recommend keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of debris. This is a relatively simple task, but if you aren’t comfortable on a ladder, consider hiring a professional to clean out your gutters at least once or twice a year, especially after fall when leaves have fallen from the trees. Also, repair damaged or leaky gutters immediately.
  5. Leaks Around Windows: Although the windows add aesthetic and functional value to your home, they can also be major culprits of water leaks. If the window well drains are not installed properly, the windows may leak. If you have a window that leaks, take the necessary steps to reseal the window. If that doesn’t work, you may need to check with a window installer on possibly installing new windows.

When water finds a crack, it will flow through it. It is critical to have your home inspected by a professional that can spot the areas where there may be potential dangers or damage caused by water. Our basement waterproofing technicians at Ameri Care Services in Nashville and Murfreesboro can help stop the water leaks and protect your home with basement waterproofing, crawl space waterproofing, mold services, vapor barriers, and more. Call us today at (615) 893-7111 to schedule your consultation and protect your investment.