At Missouri Basement, we want you to be educated about your home, any problems that could arise, and how to fix them. One of the problems that could affect your home is something called hydrostatic pressure.
Hydrostatic pressure is one of the most common causes of basement leaks, bowing walls, and settling foundations in homes. But what exactly is it, anyway?
Hydrostatic Pressure Is Water Pressure That Can Damage Your Home
Hydrostatic pressure is the outward and downward pressure caused by heavy rain, poor drainage, expansive soils, or heavy structures like a porch. Foundation walls are built to withstand these forces, but sometimes it can be too much. This can cause bowing, cracks, and leaking in your foundation and basement, as water cannot be compressed into anything smaller than what it is and soil has a saturation point (how much water it can hold). And as a result, that water must go somewhere.
Naturally, these are all issues that need to be addressed by a professional as soon as it’s noticed. Don’t let it become a bigger problem that will lead to expensive repairs!
Relieving Hydrostatic Pressure
To relieve hydrostatic pressure on your foundation, it’s important that there is a way for that excess water to be drained away from the foundation. That solution could be as simple as making sure that your gutters are clean and in good repair so water doesn’t gather near your foundation. If the issue is bigger than a broken gutter, then you can expect fixes like wall anchors or a carbon fiber wall reinforcement system.
Trust Missouri Basement To Resolve Your Basement Issues
At Missouri Basement, we hire professionals to resolve your basement and water issues. Are here to help you secure your home and create a safe living space. Our team will provide a free inspection and recommend any necessary repairs or engineering solutions. No stone is left unturned before we begin construction.