Do Not Weep: Understanding the Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure on Your Home

How Hydrostatic Pressure Can Harm Your Basement or Crawlspace

You may have never even heard the term “Hydrostatic Pressure”. In our daily lives, we do not often think about technical terms, much less understand them! However, hydrostatic pressure could at this very moment be affecting your home. Even worse, it could be damaging your basement or crawlspace without your knowledge. Simply put, it’s all about the amount of water around your home. Let’s take some time to break it down and get a clear picture.

What is Hydrostatic Pressure, Exactly?

Hydrostatic pressure is the force that continually pushes outside water through your basement walls, leading to what is known as “weeping.” Over time this can lead to major foundation issues. Basement and crawlspace walls are made of concrete, which is a strong substance but also porous. The amount of water that is around your house depends on environmental and weather-related factors. For example, you may live close to a body of water, or an area that has high levels of rain. When the water level around your home becomes saturated, water may begin to weep through walls as pressure builds. There are several symptoms that may be present such as:

  • A damp or musty smell
  • Mold and mildew
  • Cracks in basement or crawlspace walls
  • Weeping or larger leaks
  • Excessive humidity
  • Bowing walls

If You are Weeping Over Your Walls, IWP Basement Solutions Can Help

If you experience any of the above symptoms or believe hydrostatic pressure is affecting your home, IWP Basement Solutions can help. We offer waterproofing solutions as well as foundation repairs to fix foundation cracks and weeping to prevent further water problems from occurring. From sump pumps to dehumidifiers, as well as vapor barriers and drainage solutions, we can find the right fit for your basement waterproofing needs. Call us at 316-830-5057 or email us at iwp@cox.net for more information.