Why Do Basements Leak During Colder Months?
Basements are notorious for developing leaks and harboring moisture throughout the year. However, most homeowners share that the problem is worst during the winter. What is it about the colder months that increase your chances of finding puddles of cold water and spots of mold and mildew in the basement?
One of the main reasons for winter leaks is actually caused by the previous season. During the fall, overhanging trees may shed their leaves onto the roof. These get washed into your rain gutters and can clog them. Water then starts to back up onto the roof and may settle near the foundation of your home.
Even if your drains are not clogged, they may contribute to water in the basement if you don’t place them properly. Try not to let your downspouts rest too close to the home. You should also consider longer downspouts that channel the water as far away from the house as possible. Otherwise, water will still pool near the foundation.
Basement foundations are typically built from concrete and so is your driveway. Depending on the design of your home, cracks in either one may lead to leaks in the basement. Cracks are likely to occur in the winter due to the freeze-thaw cycle seen in concrete when rain or snow is present. If your concrete driveway is higher than the basement, when it cracks and the water seeps through, it may make its way into the basement.
Because basements are partially or fully underground, they maintain a more constant temperature. When outside is cold and the dirt is frozen, the basement is naturally a few degrees warmer. This radiant heat melts the surrounding ice and snow, which can cause moisture to seep in. The temperature difference may also lead to condensation on the inside of the basement.
Once you determine why your basement is leaking, the next step is hiring professionals to waterproof the area with landscaping or construction. Contact Bohan Contracting for a quote today.