Water leaking into a home’s basement is a complicated problem having to do with the composition of the soil around the home as well as the home’s construction. Solving it will require a little learning on the part of the homeowner. The dangers of water seepage in a basement generally fall into two categories: damage to the structure and the potential for the growth of mold and bacteria. The Complete Modern Guide to Basement Waterproofing by Scott Gallawa attempts to solve all of the homeowner’s problems with regard to a wet basement.
The first question dealt with is why basements leak in the first place. Understanding the cause is crucial to being able to solve it. The author points out that this is often due to the type of soil on which houses are built. The weight of water and the type of soil, combined with hydrostatic pressure are often to be blamed for water seepage.