sources. If you have a loss, it is likely that it comes from outside your property. The water follows a path of least resistance, but this does not mean that it always heads downwards. Water can accumulate in the cracks and empty spaces of the structure and rise over time.
you will first need to identify where it came from. Investigate the exterior and interior of your home. Pay particular attention to the following areas:
You will have to eliminate all the “blocks” that could divert the flow of water where it should not. You can also investigate any damage to the gutters that could cause leaks. Investigating gutters can be complicated, make sure you have the right equipment or if you are unsure, call a professional.
Downpipes and drainage
Obstructions in drain pipes and drainage systems can cause humidity and mildew in the basement. Check your descents carefully.
Classification since foundation
Ideally, the construction of the foundations and the “gutter” or “scannafosso” should allow the water to drain from outside the premises. If this is not the case, and the slope or the slope of the outside moves towards the inside, you will see an accumulation of stagnant water around your house. This can lead to leaks, mold and moisture in the basement.
The foundations of your home were built by digging a hole in the ground, filling it with foundation material. Between the foundation and the ground there is a space which has in turn been filled with earth and gravel. This section is more aerated, which means it contains more water.
Over time, water can accumulate in the aerated section between the foundation and the existing soil. That water creates hydrostatic pressure. Essentially, the water is heavy and the weight that pushes against the bottom can eventually find a way to filter. When looking for the source of moisture, mold, moisture or leaks in your cellar, you should consider the potential effects of hydrostatic pressure.
During construction, waterproofing should be designed and applied to withstand hydrostatic pressure.
Don’t forget other areas of the house
If the source of a leak cannot be traced, you should also investigate any crawl spaces or storage areas in your home. Since we don’t often enter these spaces, there is a tendency to forget them. This makes them more sensitive to mold and humidity.
Surface water damage
We already know that the external slope should help the water move away from the house, but in situations where there is no problem of standing water.
It may be that the gutters do not extend far enough beyond the roof line to properly dispose of the water or that the gutters are overflowing and expel the water too close to the house. In both cases, surface water can cause disruption to the basement.
Surface water can also collect soil which leads to clogged drains and ongoing problems in the foundation. Regularly check the pipes and exit points for the dispersion of rainwater to see if you have a problem with standing water.