A leaky basement can be caused by one or more of three things: condensation, runoff, and water seepage.
Condensation is the most common, minor, issue. It occurs when warm air meets cool foundation walls or un-insulated water pipes. The best way to prevent condensation is to install a dehumidifier in your basement which will dry out the moisture from the air. Insulating your cold water pipes will also prevent condensation from occurring. Damp-proofing your concrete walls with a waterproof coating is a good preventative maintenance measure to prevent condensation.
Runoff occurs when rainwater or melted snow is not routed away from the house. This water can seep through cracks in the foundation walls or the footings. To avoid runoff issues, make sure that the ground around your house slopes away from the foundations. Use downspout extensions to drain the water away from the home. Patching any crack and sealing your basement walls will help fix this issue.
Subsurface seepage occurs when your house is located near a high groundwater table level. The symptoms are the same as for runoffs except that they happen all the time. This is the most costly leaky basement problem you can have. You may need to install a sump pump or drains around the foundation footings.
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