Many of homes undergo regular seasonal flooding. In fact, the American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that over 60% of American homes will experience at least one incidence of basement flooding.
At DCS, we offer drainage systems to protect your belongings and the long-term comfort and value of your home. Our stormwater management options can eliminate the source of unwanted water in your basement for just a fraction of the cost of basement waterproofing.
Most Common Causes of Basement Flooding
While many waterproofing contractors will only offer solutions that catch the water after it comes into your home, the best basement waterproofing solution involves identifying your home’s flood risks and eliminating them via proper drainage. Basement waterproofing is not effective unless it addresses the underlying cause of your flooded basement.
- Poor Yard Drainage is the most common cause of basement flooding. Heavy rain and severe storms are common in the Atlanta area, saturating the ground and making it difficult for stormwater to drain away properly without an effective drainage system in place. A poorly-maintained or improperly-designed gutter system can exacerbate this issue, causing water to pool around your foundation. The location and height of your home relative to the surrounding area can also play a role in your risk for basement flooding. When your home or neighborhood is located at a low point relative to the surrounding area, water runoff from any rainfall is more likely to move toward—and into—your home.
2. Damage to your Foundation or your basement walls provides an easy way for water to enter your basement. While you may not experience flooding during minor rainfall, the more rain you receive or the longer a storm lasts, the more likely the water is to find cracks in your home and seep inside.
Major Benefits of Basement Waterproofing via Improved Drainage
While there are many waterproofing options to eliminate basement flooding, improved property drainage is among the best. This is because a better drainage system benefits not only your basement, but your entire property as well. By preventing water from pooling around your foundation and in your yard, your drainage system will also prevent home settling, foundation damage, and poor lawn and landscaping health due to unfavorable soil conditions.