Friday, March 15th, 2019 by Maintenance Blizzard
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 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.
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.
You will also find the same reaction in the long and straight foundation wall.
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