Hydrostatic Pressure and the Effects On Your Home's Foundation

Hydrostatic pressure refers to water pressure and is a major cause of basement water problems. As the soils outside your foundation walls become saturated with water, it leaves the water with no place else to go. As a result, it puts massive amounts of hydrostatic pressure against your foundation walls.

Water weighs slightly more than 60lbs. per cubic foot. If the soil around your basement is saturated with water, there could be as much as tens of thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure against your foundation. With significant pressure, it's likely that water will find its way through even the smallest crack or gap in your basement.

If your basement walls already have cracks in them, whether big or small, the hydrostatic pressure will push water through those cracks and can cause water to enter your basement. If your walls don’t already have cracks in them, the hydrostatic pressure can cause your basement walls to bow and create new cracks.

Water will always find its way through an opening. Hydrostatic pressure can easily drive groundwater into the basement through gaps and cracks in the masonry. High water pressure can also cause seepage through solid concrete.

As the water enters your basement, it can create a whole new set of problems and headaches for you to deal with, including:

  • Mold growth: Mold needs water to grow. If water is pushed through your basement through hydrostatic pressure, it can create the perfect environment for mold growth and be hazardous to your family’s health.
  • Musty odors: Moist environments can create musty or foul odors that can infiltrate your entire home.
  • Pest infestation: Bugs and pests love to live in dark, damp places. If you notice an increase in unwanted visitors, it could indicate water damage.

MidAmerica Basement Systems can waterproof your basement and keep it dry and healthy for your family to enjoy. Contact us today for your free quote!

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