7 Ways Water Will Get Into Your Basement & How To Fix It

Friday, March 15th, 2019 by Maintenance Blizzard

7 Ways Water Will Get Into Your Basement & How to fix it

Water infiltration could come from multiple sources but will get into your basement only in 2 ways. Either through hydrostatic pressure or capillarity action.

Hydrostatic pressure

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure that is exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to the depth measured from the surface because of the increasing weight of fluid exerting downward force from above.

Capillarity action

If you put a small straw into a glass of water, what can you observe about the level of water in the straw as compared to in the glass? You should see that the water has climbed up the straw and is higher than the level of water in the glass. It seems to have defied gravity by moving up the straw. This is capillary action – the movement of a liquid through or along the surface of another material in spite of other forces, such as gravity.

Capillary action is a property seen in some liquids. It is most pronounced in water because of water’s unique features and because water is the basis of most fluids that we use every day. When you use a paper towel to mop up a spilled drink or use a cloth to dry yourself after a shower, you are using capillary action. When you put cut flowers in a vase of water, capillary action keeps them fresh.

Points of infiltration through hydrostatic pressures

  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Cracks in the foundation are the primary water infiltration source in a poured concrete foundation.
  • Cracks in the foundation are caused by ground movement under the foundation (ground settling) creating stress on the foundation to a breaking point.
  • Windows and door openings are more subject to crack formation because they are weak points in the foundation.

You will also find the same reaction in the long and straight foundation wall.

Point of infiltration through capillarity

  • Infiltration through capillarity will not bring water into the basement but will bring high humidity levels and deteriorate the concrete by releasing the minerals at the surface and weaken through time the strength of the concrete.
  • The mineral released will show at the surface and accumulate as a white crystal powder ( efflorescence).
  • Humidity and efflorescence will occur everywhere the concrete is in contact with water with a surface that favors evaporation.

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