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Basement Flooding

Basements can flood practically anywhere, including the floor, the walls, and the pipes. The cause of the flood itself will determine the best course of action for a flooded basement.

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Like most homeowners, you probably don’t want to discover water in your basement. By properly waterproofing your basement, Tar Heel Basement Systems may help you avoid water damage. A waterproof basement will not only make the space more comfortable, but it will also stop flooding, which will protect the stuff you store there from being damaged.

What Causes Basement Flooding

Hydrostatic Pressure

Water is surprisingly heavy. The weight of the water will press against the foundation of your home as the earth surrounding it expands due to the absorption of moisture. This is the hydrostatic pressure we’re talking about. Any crack in your foundation will allow water into your basement as hydrostatic pressure builds up. Through cracks in the walls or floors, spaces surrounding pipes, or even through the porous concrete itself, water can seep into the porous concrete. Block walls may allow water to pass through and begin filling the open spaces within your structure.

The “Clay Bowl” Effect

The contractors begin the construction of your basement and foundation by excavating a hole in the ground. To achieve this, the contractor will need to excavate a hole that is somewhat larger than the space required by your home. After the foundation is constructed, some of the excavated soil is utilized to fill the space around the foundation’s perimeter. This loose earth, known as “backfill,” will result from the excavation. This produces an artificial water table around your home in the form of a “clay bowl.” This causes water to leak into your home’s basement.

Wall and Floor Cracks

In regions with frequent rainfall, such as the majority of West Virginia, floor and wall cracks can permit water to flow into your basement. This water can collect and eventually flood your entire basement if left unchecked. This will result in property and timber building damage. This places your basement and the rest of your home’s foundation at risk of structural failure due to the deterioration of wooden structures caused by water damage. If you observe standing water in your home’s basement, you should inspect the walls and floors for any cracks that may be the cause. 

Basement Flooding


It is highly advantageous to have your basement waterproofed. Waterproofing your basement safeguards any valuables you may have kept there and prevents wood rot and mold from weakening your home’s structure. If your basement is damp and affecting the quality of your living environment, waterproofing is the solution for you. Spending money now to waterproof your basement is the wisest course of action, since neglecting the issue will simply make it worse and cost you much more money in the long run. 

Most of the land in West Virginia is composed of sandy silt, which has excellent drainage but is also highly susceptible to erosion. If it has been raining heavily in the area around your home in Colorado, then the ground is probably completely soaked with rainfall. Once the water has penetrated the soil, it will eventually find its way into your basement through any gaps or cracks that may exist in the walls. After that, the water seeps into the basement, where it pools on the ground and soaks anything that is stored there. 

When it comes to preventing a flood in your basement, you should hire a basement waterproofing expert. This professional will ensure that all aspects of the waterproofing process are performed correctly, which will protect your basement from flooding and excess moisture. If you do this, you won’t have to worry about your basement flooding. You should only trust a professional when it comes to repairing cracks in your building that allow water to escape, as a shoddy job has the potential to wind up costing you more money in the long term. 

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When it comes to preventing water damage to your house, Tar Heel utilizes basement waterproofing. Using equipment like a sump pump, dehumidifier, and a sophisticated drainage system, our professional team can waterproof your basement. This will prevent mold growth, excessive humidity, and damage to the wooden structures in your basement. 

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You can rely on Tar Heel when it comes to dealing with a wet basement because we have dealt with similar problems in Raleigh, Wilmington, or Northern North Carolina. If you suspect that your basement is flooded, please contact us. Upon request, a free, no-obligation inspection of your foundation, crawl space, or concrete basement is provided. 

Our team provides the knowledge and equipment necessary to completely waterproof your home’s basement. If you ignore warning signs of water damage, the water damage in your basement will only worsen. Monitoring your residence is crucial. 

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Greensboro, NC 27405

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