It doesn't matter what your family uses this space for below the home, but it is important that you keep it dry, safe, and healthy. Moisture is able to get into this space in a variety of ways, including over the top of the foundation, through wall or floor cracks, in by way of the cove joint, up through a clogged floor drain, through a weak seal in a basement window, or it could be a result of a plumbing problem from within the home. Regardless of why there is seepage, it is a problem that must be taken care of sooner rather than later before even more damage is done to your home.
Reports have shown that Decatur, Morgan, Athens, and Limestone County have a very high water table, and this can attribute to problems with moisture beneath the home, along with issues with foundations.
At Don Kennedy and Sons, we make use of SafeBasements™ waterproofing products, so you can rest assured knowing that you are getting quality, well-engineered systems being put in place. They will be effective at making sure that no moisture is able to get into this area. Additionally, we can install humidity control systems that will help to make your home feel much more comfortable, and they help to prevent the growth of dangerous mold and bacteria
Why Does it Leak?
When your home was being built, there was a large hole dug in the ground for the foundation to be built. The hole was dug a little wider and deeper than it needed to be to make space for workers to come and go from the job site. One the foundation was in place, loose backfill soil was placed around your home. The earth surrounding the backfill has already been settling for many years. The loose soil around the home creates an artificial water table which rises and falls every time it rains. This is known as the "clay bowl" effect. This is one of the main reasons why seepage is so easily able to get inside and cause problems.
Additionally, hydrostatic pressure from wet soils can put a lot of force on your foundation. Eventually, it will be able to push itself inside through any crack or crevice. This includes areas with pipe penetration into the walls, the cove joint, and so on.
Let us help you to preserve the and protect the structural integrity of your home.