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Basement Flooding

If your basement floods, it's an indication that you need basement waterproofing. This will keep your basement dry and prevent further damage.

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At Basement Authority of West Virginia, we’re familiar with basement flooding due to the year-round, heavy rainfall. Basement flooding can destroy any items stored in the basement, putting your important belongings at risk. Mold, mildew, and efflorescence are also problem signs that you should be able to notice with your naked eye.

What Causes Basement Flooding

A number of factors and conditions contribute to basement flooding. Learn about some of the most common causes of this concerning issue below.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Water weighs a surprising amount. Soil, like the area’s prevalent sandy loam or silt loam around your home’s foundation can cause damage if it is inundated with water. It will then lead to hydrostatic pressure and push against your basement walls as a result. As the hydrostatic pressure against your foundation increases, water will seek out any opening it can find to enter your basement. Through cracks in the walls or floors, voids around pipes, or even through the porous concrete itself, water will find a way inside.

The Clay Bowl Effect

When your home was first constructed, builders began by excavating a sizable hole in the ground to build your basement and foundation. Afterward, some of the dirt excavated from the foundation is used to fill in the space around the foundation. Due to the excavation, the soil known as “backfill” will become loose. As an artificial water table, this creates a “clay bowl” around your home. As a result, water in this clay bowl seeps into the basement of your home, causing pools of water and eventually flooding.

Basement Cracks

If you live in an area with a lot of rain, such as certain cities in West Virginia, cracks in the floor and walls can allow water to seep into your basement. It is possible for this water to accumulate into puddles, causing flooding throughout the rest of your basement. Items such as furniture and wooden structures will be harmed because of this. When water damage weakens the wooden structures in your basement and the rest of your foundation, you run the risk of structural failure. Any cracks in your walls or floors could be the source of standing water in your basement, so look for those first.


It is advantageous to waterproof your basement. Waterproofing your basement safeguards any valuables you may have stored there and prevents wood rot and mold from weakening your home’s structure. If your basement is damp and affecting the quality of your living environment, waterproofing is the solution for you. Mold and mildew can quickly spread throughout your home, worsening asthma and allergy symptoms. Spending money now to waterproof your basement is the wisest course of action, since neglecting the issue will simply make it worse and cost you much more money in the long run.

Much of the silt loam or sandy loam soil in West Virginia is susceptible to erosion, meaning that the top layer gets washed away, exposing the permeable soil beneath. Consequently, if it is raining heavily near your property in West Virginia, the soil is likely saturated with precipitation. Once water penetrates the soil, it enters your basement through cracks and crevices in the walls. The water then seeps into the basement, where it pools on the floor and saturates everything stored there. Heavy rains are frequent in West Virginia, so waterproofing your basement is the best thing you can do to protect your home.

When it comes to preventing a flood in your basement, you should hire a basement waterproofing expert. This professional will ensure that all aspects of the waterproofing process are performed correctly, which will protect your basement from flooding and excess moisture. When you do this, you won’t have to worry about your basement getting flooded. When it comes to repairing cracks in your home that allow water to escape, you should also entrust the work to a professional to ensure the right materials and techniques are used.

Call Us For A Free Inspection

At Basement Authority of West Virginia, our team has both the skills and equipment needed to properly waterproof your home’s basement. Ignoring problem signs will only lead to more water damage to your basement, which will lead to more costly repairs. That is why it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on in your Charleston, Morgantown, or Huntington home.  

We are familiar with the humid summers and year-round rainfall that plagues many areas of West Virginia, so you can trust that we know exactly how to tackle your wet basement. If you suspect that your basement has an issue with flooding, contact us! We provide free, no-obligation inspections of your basement, foundation, crawl space, and concrete.

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Clarksburg, WV 26301