If you start to notice excessive water in your basement, then there are two possible issues that might be causing this. One scenario is due to a leaky basement pipe and the second scenario might be due to water leaking from your foundation due to improper landscape grading.
Basement Leaking Through Foundation
More often than not, when the drainage set up around your home isn't working properly then water from the outside will often flow into your house causing leaking and moisture problems.
You always want to make sure that your home is positioned above in a landscape grade so that water flows towards your yard instead of into your house.
One way to fix this is by hiring a landscaper to fix your landscape grading and adjust the level so water flows away from your foundation. Installing french drains around your home will also keep water out from it.
How To Fix The Leaky Pipe In Your Basement
First you need to find the pipe in your basement that's leaking. This usually isn't too difficult. One common mistake that a lot of people make is assume that the leaky pipe is in the exact area where the water stain is showing. Since water will often travel, the exact location of the stain isn't always an indication of the exact location but will at least give you a rough estimate of where the leak might be.
Inspect your pipes and look for corrosion or moisture around them. Any signs of mildew or mold near this area will mean that the leaky pipe is by since water damage is often the cause of these two issues.
Once you've discovered the leaky pipe and where it's leaking from there are 3 ways to fix it. First things first no matter which option you select turn off the water supply. As a rule of thumb, anytime your fixing anything involving your plumbing system, the water should always be turned off.
One way to seal a leak in a pipe is by applying epoxy over it.
- Verify that there isn't any water in the pipe and if you can try to dry it. This will help the epoxy stick and attach correctly to the pipe.
- Verify that you have enough epoxy to cover the entire area of where the pipe is open from.
Use A Repair Clamp
Repair clamps can help deal with pipes that have ruptured and need fixing.
- Before you apply the clamp make sure that you smoothen out any sharp edges around the broken pipe. This will help prevent the patch from being damaged when you apply it.
- Once that's done carefully apply the patch and the repair clamp so that it fit's in well over the damaged area.
- Finally just tighten the clamp until the leak is sealed.
Use Pipe Repair Kit With Tape
Pipe repair kits will often include tape that you can use to cover up any pipe leaks. Using these tapes you'll be able to tape up the area where the leak is coming from.
- The repair kits should have instruction on how to apply the tape.
- This will often provide temporary relief for pipes that don't have too much water pressure.
After you've sealed up or fixed the leaky pipe turn the water back on and verify that there aren't any more leaks.
Do You Call A Plumber Or A Waterproofing Contractor?
Assuming you don't have the time or if the problem is bigger than what you think you can handle, you need to determine whether you need to call a waterproofing contractor or a plumber.
For the most part if you give either a call and explain the issue, they can point you towards the right direction. Otherwise to be completely sure, here are two different ways how you can figure out who you need to call.
Try and figure out where the water originated from. For the most part, if you have a broken pipe you can easily see that and you will often tell by the large amount of water on the floor. If you only see a small puddle of water near the basement walls then chances are the water is coming in through the foundation.
If you still can't figure out or perhaps it's not too easy to tell observe the quality of the water. Water from the outside will probably be clean and more clear than water that comes from the leaky or broken pipes. Water from pipes will also have a stronger foul smell.