Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure on Basement Walls

It’s not uncommon to hear the term “hydrostatic pressure” when discussing foundation wall repairs and basement waterproofing. The effects of hydrostatic pressure to a home’s foundation walls and basement are a major cause of basement water problems.

What is Hydrostatic Pressure?
Hydrostatic pressure refers to water pressure that surrounds your basement when it rains or snows. If the soil around your basement is saturated with water, there could be tens of thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure against the foundation. With significant pressure, it’s likely that water will find its way through even the smallest crack or gap in your basement.

Problems and Solutions
Hydrostatic pressure can lead to a number of problems, including: cracked concrete, foundation cracks, bowed basement walls, uneven foundation, basement leaks and flooding, mold and mildew, expedited foundation settling, and soil erosion.

Even a well-constructed basement foundation can’t provide a perfect barrier against hydrostatic pressure. However, basement waterproofing prevents water from getting into your basement, while cracked foundation repair can fix existing issues that are making your home more susceptible to flooding and damage. To learn more about how to safeguard your home for hydrostatic pressure and ongoing basement flooding, contact A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing today.