When water is present, check for vertical cracks in walls. These cracks can allow for leaks – essentially creating an entry point for water into the property. Hard water stains (effervescence) on interior walls can also be a sign of an entry point for water – even if water is not present.
Cracks in basement walls are an easy way for water to enter the home. When water from the exterior of the home is present, it will enter through these cracks – driven by positive hydrostatic pressure.
Do I Need to Fix This?
The presence of cracks on basement walls will only get worse, and can lead to other water related problems within the home such as mold and mildew, and also degrade the integrity of the foundation.
As cracks are identified through a full in-house assessment, the appropriate solution will be applied – in some cases through a series of applications. An ‘active leak’ may require a short term immediate fix with a follow-up visit to apply a long term solution. For a crack that is not an active leak, the solution will be to clean and prepare the surface and apply the appropriate material to fill the cracks and voids to prevent future leaks.