As a homeowner, it’s important to understand hydrostatic pressure. Oftentimes a professional home contractor or basement waterproofing contractor will mention this concept, and let’s be honest; you probably have no idea what they’re talking about. This pressure describes the source of water that is coming through the basement and could cause costly damage to your home.
Depending on the home’s location, the water table will vary. Oftentimes how often it rains or how hard will affect the water table itself. Also the type of soil that the house was built on will affect the water levels too. Hydrostatic pressure itself will change depending on the weather conditions, but it will put pressure on your foundation and can lead to cracks, holes and chinks in floors, foundation walls and even into a basement.
A professional home contractor will be focused on a home’s drain tiles and whether they need to be repaired or replaced. A sump pump may also be failing leading to this damage. Ultimately, a properly functioning drain tile system in a home will capture rising water and carry it out before it can penetrate the home, particularly the basement. These drain tiles can be installed either inside or outside of a home’s foundation.