Why do Basements and Crawl Spaces Leak

Most basements and crawl space leaks are the result inadequate storm-water control measures. And in most cases, such leaks are the result of inadequate planing and preparation during the initial construction of the home.

With very few exceptions, basements and crawl space foundations are not designed to be waterproof, they are not designed to have an impermeable shell. Building foundations with an impermeable shell is both unnecessary and prohibitively expensive.

The best way to keep water from leaking into basements and crawl spaces is by controlling ground and surface water and preventing the accumulation of this water at the perimeter of the structure. When surface and ground water is allowed to accumulate at the perimeter of a foundation at least some of that water will find entry points into the structure.

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