Frequently Asked Questions
 

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Why Do Basements Leak?

Water is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. One inch of rain equals 27,000 gallons of water per acre. Once water enters the basement, chances are that it will occur again. It is also likely that it will continue to get worse. Water has a memory. It will follow the same path each time your basement leaks, thereby creating a larger path.  As the Earth around the foundation settles, the movement may cause the walls to shift, causing minor settlement cracks. Normal settlement takes one to seven years on new homes. However, if you have water seepage, settlement will continue until you control the water. Settlement problems will only get worse if the water table is not controlled.

While water seepage is occurring, water is traveling from a point outside your basement to a point inside your basement. This is causing erosion to occur, which will undermine the footer. Continued erosion will cause the footer to crack and the house to shift. Once the house starts to shift, structural damage to other areas of the home are inevitable, such as:

  • Cracks in the ceiling
  • Shifting of the roof
  • Cracks in the walls
  • Windows, Doors, Cupboards ajar

 

Why should you worry about your basement? 

If you have a subsoil basement you should be concerned about basement waterproofing.  Besides the obvious inconvenience of a wet basement there are also numerous hidden problems associated with the additional moisture, including health issues and extra expenses.

 Wet basements can

  • Create excessive hazardous mold and mildew.
  • Promote allergic discomfort
  • Add to the humidity throughout your home.
  • Cause increased energy costs
  • Provide a breeding ground for termites.
  • Trapped musty air in basements travel to upper living areas.
  • Cause mildew in drywall that is known to be toxic.

DeRoche Construction has put together the best technologies to stop your basement from leaking, and to give you back a little piece of mind. We specialize in providing high quality solutions at an affordable price.

 

 

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