When water gets into your basement or any crawlspaces, damage can happen to your property. Leaks and water damage are common in basements that aren’t waterproofed. From foundations to walls, there are several places where water can seep through. Here are the common sources of basement leaks and how you can prevent them from happening in the first place:

Improper Grading 

As a homeowner, you should already know the importance of grading. This process creates a slope or grade that draws water away from the house foundation. When the ground slopes towards your home, the water builds up against the foundation. This leads to basement leaks and water damage.

To fix negative grading, add soil to the perimeter of your house. Raise the soil around your foundation until there’s a slope going away from the house. The greater the grade, the lesser chances of basement flooding.

Foundation Cracks

Cracks indicate signs of wear and structural problems. Holes and cracks in the foundation are entry points for moisture. Water from the outside can seep into these cracks. Once there’s a moisture problem, everything inside your basement might get damaged. Hire a reliable company that can provide the best solution for basement cracks.

Damaged Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutter system isn’t there for decoration. Gutters and downspouts help divert water away from your home and its foundation. When you have defective gutters, water will flow towards the foundation. Soon enough, the water will pool inside the basement.

Aside from damaged gutters, clogged rain spouts are unsafe. Leaves and twigs trapped in your gutters can lead to overflowing and basement flooding. Make sure to clean and inspect your gutter system to avoid floods on your property.

Faulty Drain Tile and Sump Pump

An interior drain tile system and sump pump should not be overlooked. They are important components installed in your basement flooring. The drain tile is a pipe that collects water surrounding the foundation. It has several holes where water can be channeled and directed away. 

Sump pumps are installed to supplement the drain tile system. It is designed to keep water out of your basement and prevent flooding. When your subsurface drainage system is damaged, groundwater might flow into your basement. It is best to call in professionals to fix faulty sump pumps.


Basement condensation happens when humid air and cold surfaces meet. This will lead to excess moisture in your basement. As the air humidity increases, dampness in your basement occurs. 

Some people mistake condensation for drainage problems. To determine whether you have condensation problems, you need to use the foil technique. Tape a piece of foil over damp spots and leave it there for several hours. If moisture is on the outer side of the foil, there’s condensation in your basement.

While condensation is much easier to address, you still need to take this issue seriously. Follow these steps to reduce basement condensation:

  • Install a dehumidifier
  • Use fans to improve ventilation and air circulation
  • Wrap the pipes using foam sleeves
  • Seal all joints in the ductwork

Interior Leaks 

Water seepage can start from the inside or outside. A wet basement can ruin your personal belongings and pose a serious threat to your health. Mold and dust mites thrive in damp environments. Before moisture wreaks havoc on your basement, check for any leaks in the area. Here are the signs of interior leaking in your basement:

  • Visible Mold or Mildew
  • Musty Smell
  • Standing Water and Wet Spots
  • Condensation on the Basement Walls and Floor
  • Stained Surfaces
  • Wet Spots
  • Peeling Paint or Wallpaper

Start Your Basement Waterproofing Project

There are many ways you can prevent water from getting into your basement space. One example is basement waterproofing. This technique will protect your property from water and moisture penetration. From leaks to condensation, your basement can remain dry and functional.

Pittsburgh Basement Remodeling can install new designs and remodel the entire space. As basement specialists, we have the experience to create a basement you’ll love. Our team can work on your below-grade space without the worry of flooding and water damage. Avoid leaky basements with the help of our remodelers!

We can save you time and stress by fixing your damp and musty basement. To set an appointment, call us today! We look forward to working with you soon.