Why is my basement wall or Crawl space leaking?
Do you ever walk down into your basement to find that there is water that has leaked in from a previous rain? Many people are burdened by leaky basement walls, while this may not be a structural issue it can cause great damage to your home over time.
The three most common reasons for water penetration at a foundation wall are identified by the location of the leak.
If you find a leak at the corner of your basement wall you likely have a leaking gutter downspout at that corner from your roof, repairing the gutter system or cleaning or dislodging the pathway will likely remedy the situation.
If your basement has signs of leaking along the length of the wall nearest the floor, it is likely that the footer drain tile surrounding that wall has become damaged and is leaking from the tile and is therefore wicking through the block. This is the least preferred leak since it can require extensive repair measures, such as having the soil near the perimeter of the home dug and replace the drain system.
If the middle or at some point other than the above mentioned parts of the walls have moisture penetration the cause is likely caused by poor grading of soil around that wall. Having this earth properly graded by a professional landscaper will likely prevent water penetration at this area.