In my architectural practice I have often encountered clients with questions such as, I can't use my basement because it's wet every time it rains. Or How do I stop the leaks into my basment. And of course the worst possible comment is that there is black mold growing in by basement because it leaks after it rains. If you unfortunately built your basement below the water table in your neighborhood and your contractor did not make provisions to utilize waterproofing membrane or some other means to mechanically control the infiltration of water in your basement, then you have a much more severe problem than we will address in this article. I have found that in most cases, water leaks in basements can be cured quite easily. Just follow these tips.
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Step 1business owners' land so the water actually runs toward the building. At times there is no way around this, but if this is the case there should be a swale or depression around your structure to "head-off" the water before it meets the foundation wall. If this is the case with your building it is quite likely that this is your problem or a big contributor to the problem.
Step 4You will want to additionally determine if water is actually coming up through your basement floor, for instance through a crack in the floor. If this is the case you have a ground water table problem. Also is water coming in the seam where the basement concrete floor meets the wall? If so, then it is likely your water problem is a surface water problem and can be solved quite easily.
Water or moisture in your basement can be a very concerning issue, especially when it comes to the black mold issue. If you have a surface drainage problem (i.e. reverse slope to your house), and/or water from your roof drains directly along your foundation walls, rest assured you can handle this minimally