Causes of Water Issues
Basement and crawl space water problems are almost always caused by
water pressure against the walls, foundation, or floor of the basement
or crawl space. According to the experts, this water pressure can
result from a number of different sources, including poor grading or
With proper grading, the land slopes away from the house. Over time,
the slope of the grading surrounding the house may change as loose dirt
settles. If large amounts of settling occur, water can actually reverse
direction and flow toward the house. Additionally, some homeowners and
landscapers unknowingly reverse the slope of the grading while
modifying the landscaping around the house.
Defective gutters and downspouts can dump gallons of water onto the
ground adjacent to a house. As discussed in the gutter installers
section, the excess water may lead to waterproofing problems.
Whatever the cause, excess water that applies pressure to the
outside basement wall, foundation, or floor will force its way into the
house. Although the most common entry points are small cracks in the
cold joint between the basement wall, the basement floor, and the
footer, the exact entry point is irrelevant. If water pressure is
present, a waterproofing problem will develop.