Hydrostatic (water) pressure is the most common cause of a wet basement. This is the pressure exerted on foundation walls, footings, and basement floors by underground water and is produced by higher water tables, poor soil percolation and/or poor drainage systems adjacent to the structure.

The greater accumulation of underground water, particularly from rain and melting snow, the greater the pressure exerted on foundation walls and floors. A high percentage of foundation cracks and floor cracks are a direct result of hydrostatic pressure.

French Drain System

Typically, water enters the basement through foundation cracks, floor cracks and/or through the juncture of the floor and walls, however water can enter the basement from over the top of foundation walls, thought motor joints, and windows. If not treated, the water will promote deterioration in walls and floors and the basement will remain chronically damp.

A-1 Waterproofing by Mid America Piering can solve your basement leakage problems permanently. Deterioration to foundation walls, footing and floors can be prevented by diverting water and alleviating the pressure from water. Our Interior Drain Tile System uses drain tile and a submersible pump to divert and push water away from the structure preventing future damage and deterioration to foundation walls.


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