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Basement Water Causes

New Jersey Basement Water Causes

Common Causes of Basement Water and Water Damage in NJ

So you have water and moisture in your basement. The big question is why? We break down common causes of basement water and flooding, why they are such a problem, and most importantly, what you can do to keep water out of your basement.

Once you understand why your basement is wet, the next step is to learn about solutions to basement water and which solution is right for your home - interior basement waterproofing, exterior basement waterproofing, basement vapor barrier encapsulation, and more.

Learning about basement water problems, causes, and solutions can be overwhelming. But we are here to help. Blue Umbrella Waterproofing has waterproofed thousands of homes and commercial properties throughout New Jersey.

We have faced all the causes of basement water and know how to permanently keep water out of your basement. So, call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation inspection and estimate.

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Basement Water Causes You May Face

Each home in New Jersey faces its own set of challenges. The cause of basement water in your home can be very different than the cause in your neighbor's home.

That is why a thorough basement inspection by an experienced waterproofing company, like Blue Umbrella Waterproofing, is so important. Until your inspection, here are some common causes of basement water that you should be familiar with and watch out for.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Water in the soil surrounding your home's foundation puts pressure on your foundation walls. With enough pressure, the outside water will press through any cracks in the wall and into your basement.


Clay Bowl effect cause of basement water

Clay Bowl Effect

The soil surrounding your New Jersey home is looser and softer than the more compacted soil farther away. This softer soil creates a bowl around your foundation where water collects around your basement.


The stack effect causing basement water

Stack Effect

Cool, humid outside air that enters your basement warms once inside. The warming air rises up into the rest of your home, creating a vacuum in the basement that pulls in additional outside air - creating the stack effect.


High water table and basement flooding

High Water Table

New Jersey homes, especially those along the shore, have more water in the soil closer to the surface near your home. More water in the soil around your home increases your risks of basement water.


Loose backfilled soil can lead to basement water

Loose Backfilled Soil

When your home was built, a hole was dug to place your foundation, and then the hole was backfilled. The looser backfill soil around your NJ home allows water to seep down to your basement walls.


Improper yard grading leading to basement flooding

Improper Yard Grading

If your landscaping is not graded correctly, rainfall in your yard will run towards your home, where it will collect around your house, and potentially seep down into the soil to your foundation walls and floor.


Basement wall cracks can allow basement water leaks

Leaking Wall Cracks

Over time, stress on your basement walls or the aging concrete will create cracks. These cracks are weak points in your wall that allow outside water to sneak through the crack and into your basement.


Basement Floor Cracks

Leaking Floor Cracks

Like your basement walls, your basement floor can shift over time as your foundation settles. The settling can stress your basement floor until the concrete cracks. These cracks make it easier for water to get inside.


Basement Window Wells can allow basement water

Leaking Window Wells

Poorly installed, poorly-made, or older window wells along your basement walls can break down, allowing water to seep in and trickle down your basement walls, leading to basement flooding whenever it rains.


Fixing the Cause of Basement Water

If you live in New Jersey and have basement water or moisture issues but need to figure out where the water comes from, we are the solution.

Call us to schedule an appointment for one of our basement water experts to inspect your home, identify the cause of your basement water woes and outline a plan of precisely what needs to be done to keep the water out.

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