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What Makes Water Come up through the Concrete Floor in the Basement?

When the soil around a home holds water hydrostatic pressure and lateral pressure can force the liquid through the concrete in a foundation to cause basement flooding. Hydrostatic pressure typically occurs after heavy rains when soil gets saturated and exceeds its carrying capacity. This pressure pushes water upward through basement flooring and walls.

Lateral pressure occurs when loose soil absorbs water and expands. This expansion pushes against a foundation, causing cracks and allowing water to enter a basement. Clogged downspouts or weeping tile can exacerbate this problem by holding fluid in next to a home’s foundation and increasing the likelihood of basement flooding. In these scenarios water typically enters a basement through cracks, foundation joints, or the pores of the concrete itself. For that reason, it can help to ensure that these areas of your home are functioning properly to reduce the amount of water being held in close proximity.

If you have basement flood, call an emergency water damage company immediately to get the water cleaned up!

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Water Restoration Information
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Cost of Water Restoration Services
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