When it comes to home exterior waterproofing, the pros usually throw around the term “hydrostatic pressure”. While you might have an idea of what it is, you must know why it matters, especially when mulling a foundation or basement repair project that can greatly affect your home’s value.
Read on as we provide a short overview of hydrostatic pressure and the science behind it.
About Hydrostatic Pressure
Hydrostatic pressure is a technical term used to describe water pressure in the soil surrounding your home’s foundation, and it is the primary cause of leaks in the basement. Because the concrete that makes up the foundation is porous, it allows water to flow through, albeit at a very slow time. High hydrostatic pressure – lots of water content – in the soil, however, makes this phenomenon possible.
Hydrostatic pressure from groundwater comes and goes depending on the seasons. During the rainy season, expect the once-dry soil to become too saturated with water. This increases the water pressure under the soil significantly, causing water to push in and against your home’s foundation walls and concrete slab floors in your basement. If not addressed promptly, they may display cracks and become susceptible to bowing and a potential collapse.
Dealing With Hydrostatic Pressure
Fortunately, many experts in home exterior renovations offer waterproofing solutions to protect homes from the damaging effects of hydrostatic pressure. Sump pumps, below-floor drains and baseboard drains help keep the basement dry in the event water pressure under the soil increases.
Others perform foundation repairs to protect against the inward pressure from water-saturated soil that leads to the bowing and buckling of the foundation walls. Systems like wall anchors or braces provide rigidity to curb wall movement, giving your home a reliable, stable foundation.
Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing and Exteriors is a state-certified roof repair company that also specializes in waterproofing and concrete restoration. We are experts at restoring older buildings, and we have the resources to make any project seamless. Call us today at (904) 262-6636, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote.