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Basement Leaking? Here Are Some Likely Causes

Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, it’s a great place to store belongings and even shelter us from severe weather. If your home has a basement then you’re aware of some of the things that come with having a basement like cooler temperatures and elevated moisture levels. Hopefully, you’ve never had a basement leak, however, they’re more common than you’d think.

No homeowner wants to go into their basement to find there’s a leak or standing water. Whether you’ve noticed a small area of moisture on the basement wall or quite a bit of water on the basement floor, you must assess and repair the leak to prevent more leaks and flooding. Keep reading to learn about some likely causes of basement leaks so you can be proactive and better protect your home.

 

There’s a Trench Around the Foundation

Have you examined your home’s foundation lately? If you’re experiencing basement flooding then it may be a result of a trench that’s formed around the foundation as a result of pooling water that’s overflowed from the gutter system. Trenches form when rainwater and meltwater aren’t properly circulated throughout the gutter system and don’t drain away from the home. If it’s unable to drain away from the home then the water will ultimately fall from the gutter itself and collect around the home’s foundation.

When the water that’s forced to pour over the gutters and into the trench is left to sit it’ll eventually be soaked into the foundation which is on the other side of the basement wall and floor. Therefore, water will eventually end up seeping into your basement.

 

Poor Landscaping

While a home is being built the builder should have a plan for the landscaping and ground to be leveled in a way that allows water to flow away from the home. If the land wasn’t properly graded then water may be collecting around the home’s foundation causing basement leaks. If you find that water often flows from other parts of the yard to your home’s foundation then you may want to contact a professional landscaper. A professional landscaper can help you determine where your yard isn’t properly leveled and how to fix it to ensure water doesn’t flow from other parts of your yard toward the foundation.

 

Your Gutters Are Clogged, Overflowing, or Sagging

We’ve discussed time and time again the dangers of clogged gutters here at K-Guard. We truly can’t stress the importance of cleaning your gutters and removing clogs – your entire home depends on the gutter system to keep dry. When clogs are present then a whole slew of issues can occur like overflowing and sagging gutters.

When a half-round gutter system is clogged then the trapped debris will impede water flow. When water isn’t able to flow freely throughout the gutters and downspout then it’s inevitable that the water will collect inside of the gutter and overflow once it’s reached the surface. This causes gutters to sag over time if clogs aren’t removed and water, ice, and snow sit inside of the gutter. Water, ice, and snow are heavy – if they’re unable to melt and flow through the gutters then this weight will take a toll on the entire gutter system and it’ll sag lower and lower until it pulls away from the home damaging the soffit and fascia boards and possibly the roof.

Whatever the cause, finding a leak in your basement is a startling discovery that could potentially cost you thousands of dollars to repair. Spotting the leak early on is key to preventing extreme damage. Another thing you can do to prevent basement leaks as a result of faulty gutters is to install the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System.

The K-Guard system is so effective at handling large amounts of precipitation and collecting and draining rainwater and meltwater away from the roof that water doesn’t stand a chance of overflowing from the gutters thanks to our complete gutter system. Your basement will never leak as a result of a faulty gutter system when you install K-Guard. No room for water to spill over the gutter, no chance for clogs to form, and no chance for the gutter system to sag or pull away from the home means no water can drip from the gutters and collect around the home’s foundation.

Our gutter product is so durable that it’s backed by three-lifetime warranties. It’s guaranteed to never chip, clog, or pull away from the home, something other gutter installation companies in Colorado can’t offer.

To install the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, contact our team of professionals today. K-Guard is the premiere gutter company in Colorado, providing a leaf-free gutter solution for homeowners for many years. We proudly install the K-Guard Gutter System across the state of Colorado including, but not limited to, the following locations: Denver, Colorado Springs, Littleton, Centennial, Aurora, Boulder, Castle Rock, Broomfield, and Fort Collins. Schedule your free estimate today!

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