Why Do Basements Leak?

Meet Pete Burgess and Will Blake from Tar Heel Basement Systems. Pete and Will are among the most reputable authorities in basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and foundation repair in the High Country region. Their Winston-Salem based company, formerly known as High Country Basement Systems, has been serving thousands of homeowners in Boone, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Lexington and surrounding areas since 2003, providing quality products and winning numerous awards for their outstanding ethics, business practices, and customer service.

Basements are basically concrete boxes that are buried, at least partially, in wet soil. A hole significantly larger than the basement must be dug for a foundation to be built or poured. After the basement was completed, the gap around the walls was backfilled with some of the excavated dirt.

The portion of the soil that lies directly against the basement walls will never be as compact as the surrounding undisturbed terrain, and for that reason it will soak up water like a sponge, creating what is called “the clay bowl effect”.

When that soil is oversaturated, as it happens in periods of heavy rain, hydrostatic pressure will build up and push the water down. Water will seek relief from the pressure by seeping into your basement through any gaps and cracks. The Joint between the walls and the floor of a basement are usually the weakest link, and that is where most of the leaks are observed in the typical basement.

Tar Heel Basement Systems has been permanently and successfully fixing wet, leaky, and flooding basements in the High Country, NC area for over 10 years — using the best products available and providing outstanding, award-winning customer service.