When you start to do more research about hydrostatic pressure and its hand in basement leaks, you’ll probably start to hear more about hydrostatic waterproofing. This is the concept that allows basements to exist without long-term damage from hydrostatic pressure.
How can you achieve hydrostatic waterproofing? These are the four things to keep in mind regarding this process.
- Controlling the Water
First off, you need to have more control over the water that would otherwise wreak havoc on your basement. Though this may sound like a tall order, it’s not as difficult as it would sound.
Grading is a big part of this. If your home’s situated in such a way that water naturally runs toward the home, you’ll end up with more flooding, more hydrostatic pressure, and more basement leaks. If you’re able to change that so water naturally runs away, you’ll deal with less flooding.
You might not be able to control the rain, but you can control where it lands. If you think this might work for you, consider talking to a JES expert about whether or not you could grade your home differently.
- Installing a Sump Pump
This shouldn’t be the only thing you do to combat hydrostatic pressure in your foundation, but it’s an important one. Sump pumps utilize a motor to pump water out of the area, rather than just gravity.
Sump pumps can be a useful tool if you tend to have issues with basement flooding even after taking the steps necessary to waterproof it. Unfortunately, this happens to some homes just because of the way the home’s positioned, which means a sump pump can be lifesaving.
Of course, sump pumps can’t remove hydrostatic pressure. However, they can help you make sure your home doesn’t succumb to hydrostatic pressure if you end up with a plumbing or other kind of leak in your basement.
- Surface Drainage
Drainage isn’t just about draining water out of your home. It’s also about making sure the water outside of your home flows away properly. That’s what surface drainage does.
There are many essential components of this. For example, you need to make sure your downspouts turn away from your home, and that they’re positioned in such a way that they direct water away from the home in general. You also need to make sure window wells offer proper drainage.
You don’t have to resign yourself to basement leaks from continuous hydrostatic pressure. Instead, talk to a JES expert to learn more about how you can manipulate surface drainage to give your basement a fighting chance.
- Fixing Bowed Walls and Cracked Floors
You can’t just ignore bowed walls and cracked floors. Although you might not feel like there’s anything you can do right now, it’s important to explore your options so you don’t have constant basement leaks.
In fact, there are ways to handle these problems. JES offers a variety of solutions for bowed walls and cracked floors due to hydrostatic water pressure.
You can not only anchor your walls to make sure they don’t bow any further but even pull them back to their original standing position. Talk to a JES foundation repair expert to learn more about this opportunity.