Basement Waterproofing in MA and RI, including Framingham, Woonsocket & Boston.

Foundation Waterproofing: Why Does It Leak?

a flooded basement floor in a Westport home

Flooding in basements and crawl spaces is common in homes new and old, and they're rarely a one-time occurrence. Once water has flooded through your foundation, you can be certain that it will happen again.

There are two important factors that contribute to basement leaking -- the clay bowl effect and hydrostatic pressure.

We offer free waterproofing quotes in Boston, Framingham, Providence and many areas nearby. Call or e-mail us today to schedule an appointment!

The "Clay Bowl Effect" And Your Foundation

illustration of the clay bowl effect flooding a foundation

Imagine your home as it was being built. The contractors begin by digging a hole in the ground to make room for your basement and foundation. To do so, the contractor must dig a hole that is a little larger than the space your home will need. The foundation will be built inside this space, and the concrete floor will be poured.

Once the foundation has been built, some of the excavated soil is used to fill in the gap around the outer edge of your foundation. This soil, known as "backfill", will be loose and fluffed from the excavation. Meanwhile, the untouched soil around it, known as "virgin soil", may have been settling for hundreds, even thousands of years.

What does this mean for you? The backfilled soil surrounding your foundation will always be looser and more absorbent of water than the dense, hard-packed soil around it.

This forms a sort of "clay bowl" around your house -- one that creates an artificial water table around your home. Water collects the most right around your foundation -- exactly where you don't want it to be.

Hydrostatic Pressure and Wet Foundation Soils

Illustration of hydrostatic pressure leading to a flooding foundation

Water is heavy! As the soil around your home becomes soaked with moisture, the soil will expand, and the weight of the water will press on your foundation. This is known as hydrostatic pressure.

As hydrostatic pressure builds against your foundation, water will work its way into your basement or crawl space in any way possible. Water can make its way through concrete cracks in the walls or floors, through openings around pipes, through basement windows, or even directly through the porous concrete. If you have block walls, water may pass through the block and begin to fill the open cavities inside your walls.

However, the most common way that water enters a home is through the foundation wall-floor joint. We find that most flooded basements start with a leak here, where the floor and wall meet.

Waterproofing a Foundation in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Flood Warning

Protecting your home means more than just stopping groundwater. It's also important to keep an eye on your home plumbing, including the water heater and washing machine.

Small upgrades, such as warranted washer hoses or water heater protection, can save you a bundle!

How do you dry a wet basement? By stopping water at the point where it enters the structure.

Since most basements flood from the wall-floor joint, one of the most common ways to stop the flooding is to install a perimeter drainage system along the edge of the basement floor. This would collect the water and direct it to a sump pump, which would then discharge it out of your home.

However, at Dry Zone Basement Systems, we have an approach to solving water problems of all types. Our solutions cover all surfaces of the basement, including the foundation walls, basement floors, and even wet crawl spaces.

We offer free basement waterproofing estimates in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including Bristol, Westerly, Milton, Braintree, Plymouth, Brookline, Taunton and many areas nearby. Contact us today to get started!

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Our Massachusetts and Rhode Island Service Area

Dry Zone Basement Systems services Massachusetts, from Boston MA, extending throughout Cape Cod and serving Providence and the entire state of Rhode Island [see full coverage area].

Cities we Serve:
Cities in Barnstable County, MA
Barnstable
Brewster
Buzzards Bay
Centerville
Chatham
Cotuit
Dennis
Dennis Port
East Dennis
East Falmouth
East Sandwich
Eastham
Falmouth
Forestdale
Harwich
Harwich Port
Hyannis
Marstons Mills
Mashpee
North Chatham
North Falmouth
North Truro
Orleans
Osterville
Pocasset
Provincetown
Sagamore Beach
Sandwich
South Chatham
South Dennis
South Orleans
South Yarmouth
Truro
Wellfleet
West Barnstable
West Dennis
West Harwich
West Yarmouth
Woods Hole
Yarmouth Port

Cities in Bristol County, MA
Acushnet
Assonet
Attleboro
Attleboro Falls
Berkley
Dighton
East Freetown
East Taunton
Fairhaven
Fall River
Mansfield
New Bedford
North Attleboro
North Dartmouth
North Dighton
North Easton
Norton
Raynham
Rehoboth
Seekonk
Somerset
South Dartmouth
South Easton
Swansea
Taunton
Westport

Cities in Dukes County, MA
Chilmark
Cuttyhunk
Edgartown
Vineyard Haven
West Tisbury

Cities in Middlesex County, MA
Ashland
Chestnut Hill
Framingham
Holliston
Hopkinton
Natick
Newton
Newton Center
Newton Highlands
Newton Upper Falls
Newtonville
Sherborn
Waban

Cities in Nantucket County, MA
Nantucket

Cities in Norfolk County, MA
Avon
Braintree
Brookline
Canton
Cohasset
Dedham
Dover
East Walpole
East Weymouth
Foxboro
Franklin
Holbrook
Medfield
Medway
Millis
Milton
Needham
Needham Heights
Norfolk
North Weymouth
Norwood
Plainville
Quincy
Randolph
Sharon
South Walpole
South Weymouth
Stoughton
Walpole
Wellesley
Wellesley Hills
Westwood
Weymouth
Wrentham

Cities in Plymouth County, MA
Abington
Bridgewater
Brockton
Carver
Duxbury
East Bridgewater
East Wareham
Halifax
Hanover
Hanson
Hingham
Hull
Kingston
Lakeville
Marion
Marshfield
Mattapoisett
Middleboro
Norwell
Pembroke
Plymouth
Plympton
Rochester
Rockland
Scituate
Wareham
West Bridgewater
West Wareham
Whitman

Cities in Suffolk County, MA
Allston
Boston
Brighton
Dorchester
Dorchester Center
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Roslindale
Roxbury
Roxbury Crossing
South Boston
West Roxbury

Cities in Bristol County, RI
Barrington
Bristol
Prudence Island
Warren

Cities in Kent County, RI
Coventry
East Greenwich
Greene
Warwick
West Greenwich
West Warwick

Cities in Newport County, RI
Jamestown
Little Compton
Middletown
Newport
Portsmouth
Tiverton

Cities in Providence County, RI
Central Falls
Chepachet
Clayville
Cranston
Cumberland
East Providence
Foster
Greenville
Harrisville
Hope
Johnston
Lincoln
Manville
Mapleville
North Providence
North Scituate
North Smithfield
Oakland
Pascoag
Pawtucket
Providence
Riverside
Rumford
Smithfield
Woonsocket

Cities in Washington County, RI
Ashaway
Block Island
Bradford
Carolina
Charlestown
Exeter
Hope Valley
Hopkinton
Kenyon
Kingston
Narragansett
North Kingstown
Rockville
Saunderstown
Slocum
Wakefield
West Kingston
Westerly
Wood River Junction
Wyoming

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