Who isn’t excited to see the snow disappear when the temperature slowly but surely rises above freezing? Well, some homeowners are apprehensive about the arrival of spring, because for many, spring also means flooding.
Fortunately, there are solutions to water leaks caused by cracks in the foundation. Some of these can even be applied in emergency situations.
Spring is the season with the most water leaks
During the thaw period, the melting snow causes the ground to become waterlogged. The water table rises considerably, especially in areas near watercourses or that are poorly drained. All this water in the ground puts a very high pressure on the concrete foundations of buildings.
In such circumstances, the slightest crack, leaking joint or hole in the concrete becomes a veritable drain valve for all this pressure. In no time at all, a large quantity of water can penetrate into the subsoil, causing serious damage.
What if water gets into your basement every spring?
Naturally, it is better to be proactive and prevent water leaks than to have to manage a crisis every spring.
For example, homes built in areas where the groundwater table rises systematically at certain times of the year should be equipped with a sump pump. This pump will be able to remove much of the water that might pressurize under a concrete floor or the joint between the footing and the foundation.
A French drain installed around the foundation and an elastomeric waterproofing membrane on the outside surface of the foundation can also help keep a basement dry. Finally, you should have cold concrete joints, caused by delays in pouring the foundation, repaired before they allow water to pass through.
Solutions to manage emergency situations
If water has already started seeping into your home, there are also solutions to manage the emergency and avoid the worst.
For example, if water is penetrating through cracks in the flooring, they can be sealed from inside the house. In fact, thanks a high-pressure injection of flexible polyurethane, a technician will be able to do the work at any time, even if there is water ingress when the crack is repaired.
Contact Foundation Crack Expert Group to avoid water leaks this spring
Whether you want to prevent the risk of water leaking into your basement or manage the emergency if water has already started to penetrate your foundations, there are several solutions available.
You can rely on the expertise of Foundation Crack Expert Group. Over the years, our team has developed extensive experience in the field of concrete foundation crack repair.
Moreover, our Quebec company works closely with insurers, post-disaster companies, financial institutions, contractors and individuals to support you in all your efforts. Contact us!