Wet Basements: Causes & Remedies

With all the recent heavy rain some area residents may find some unexpected and unwanted water in their basements. Most wet basements or crawl spaces are caused by water that is not adequately drained away from the foundation wall of a home. Foundation walls act like dams and can intercept and trap water, causing pressure build-up and force water through joints and cracks in the basement walls. Once you have water leakage, a wet basement or crawl space becomes a source of high humidity, which can produce surface mildew, fungi, musty odors and an unhealthful environment for you and your family, especially for those with respiratory problems.

Termites and other pest love to thrive in the moist dark spaces; therefore, don’t wait until leaks get worse to have basements waterproofed, instead give Municipal Services of America a call to schedule an appointment for one of our well trained staff to come out and help assess the source and extent of the problem. We can help you find a  remedy to your wet basement.

MSA uses a waterproofing system that involves removing the clay soil outside basement walls replacing it with drain tile at the footing to give the water that collects someplace to go. Next they seal the outside basement walls with mortar and tar. The tar will help to repel moisture. Finally, they will back fill with wash gravel which will allow the water around the foundation to flow freely into the new drain tile. Many times not all basement walls need to be waterproofed.

Another result from heavy rain is sewage back up into your home or basement. MSA helps homeowners avoid this costly cleanup by installing a backflow preventer. Backflow preventers can make the difference between having your basement flooded knee deep with raw sewage or staying high and dry. Backflow preventers stop the backward flow of sewage water through floor drains and utilities pipes into your home. The device contains a flapper that blocks any water to back up into a home or basement in the event of back pressure due to groundwater flooding or a plugged sewer system. They are designed to be installed easily outside a home or business without using a costly manhole and are readily accessible for maintenance or cleaning. Backflow preventers are also useful in the event of water main bursts, pipes freeze or if there is unexpectedly high demand on the water system.


Municipal Services of America provides outstanding services at the lowest prices. If you are looking for an honest, hardworking, and an experienced contractor that provides services beyond your expectations call MSA today! 440-773-0161.


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